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Liam Smith: Search for missing Aberdeen teenager intensifies

Liam Smith and backpack Image copyright Police Scotland

The search for a 16-year-old boy missing from Aberdeen since last weekend has been expanded.

Liam Smith caught the 202 Stagecoach bus from Aberdeen on Saturday. He did not have his mobile phone with him.

It is understood he bought a ticket to Banchory, and reportedly got off the bus in the town.

However, police say a passenger on the bus has now come forward to say that Liam may have got off one stop before in Crathes.

Searches on Friday were taking place between Banchory and Crathes, with kayak teams also searching the River Dee from Banchory to Aberdeen.

Image caption The route of the River Dee is being searched

Members of Liam's family have been helping the police search.

One week on, police will be back at Union Square shopping centre in Aberdeen on Saturday where the last confirmed sighting was.

Officers are appealing for other bus passengers who may have seen Liam to come forward.

Liam's mother Alix Smith has said the family is "clinging to the hope" that he is taking shelter somewhere.

In a statement issued through police, she added: "Not knowing where Liam is is just so painful for us and we just want to find him safe.

"Thank you to everyone who has shared the social media appeals, to those people who have phoned the police with potential sightings of Liam, and to the many comments and kind words that have been posted."

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Image caption Liam was wearing Nike Air Max trainers when he was last seen

When last seen, Liam - who is about 6ft 4in tall - was wearing a dark top, blue jeans and Nike Air Max trainers. He had a camouflage backpack.

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