Divers search River Avon for student Will Appleby

Police divers are searching the River Avon in Bristol, near a nightclub where a student was last seen five days ago.

Will Appleby, 19, a student at the University of the West of England, was last seen in Motion, on Avon Street, at about 0230 BST on Sunday.

His mobile phone was still in use at 0330 BST. Police were alerted after he failed to catch a bus home to Ulverston in Cumbria on Monday morning.

Mr Appleby's family are appealing for information to find him.

A statement from his parents, John, Cheryl and twin brother Alex said: 'Will was in a very positive place, enjoying his media course and life in Bristol.

"We are desperate for any information about what happened when Will left Motion night club in the early hours of Sunday."

Jim Smith, who was with Mr Appleby at the club, said: "Usually after nights out such as this, he'd be the first awake. He'd be knocking on all our doors trying to get us up.

"For him not to be about is completely out of character."

Mr Appleby's brother, Alex, said Will's friends in Bristol got in touch with him after they had not been able to contact him.

"I rang up security for his halls of residence and they went in to search his room and he wasn't there," he said.

"To me, that was completely out of the ordinary, so that's when I reported him as a missing person."

Texts unanswered

He said the family was "going through hell".

Det Insp Andy Gwyther, from Avon and Somerset Police, said: "We do know that Will had been drinking with friends but it wasn't unusual for him to leave a nightclub by himself.

"His friends who tried to text him were not too concerned at the time. It wasn't until the following morning when Will wasn't in his accommodation that they raised the alarm and we started the investigation."

Mr Appleby is 6ft tall, with short dark brown hair and he was last seen wearing a blue shirt and jeans.

A Facebook campaign has been set up to help find him.

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