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Missing boy, 17, now believed to be 250 miles away as police launch appeal

Officers have launched a desperate bid to find a 17-year-old boy who is believed to be around 250 miles from home.

Jaiyan Schmidt was captured on CCTV in Walkden, Greater Manchester, between 2pm and 4pm on August 19.

Police believe he then travelled to Sheffield, South Yorkshire, where he was spotted near Ponds Forge swimming pool in the city centre.

He is then believed to have driven around from Sheffield to Hastings in East Sussex on the south coast of England.

Inspector Kevin Smith, from South Yorkshire Police, launched an appeal today.

He said: "We believe he then travelled from Sheffield to Sussex on August 20 in a white Ford Focus driven by a woman described as being white and approximately 21 years old with long brown hair.

"We believe Jaiyan bought a new outfit and could now be wearing an all-grey Nike tracksuit and black and white Adidas trainers.

“I’d like to appeal to anyone who thinks they have seen him over the last week, to contact police.

"Jaiyan, if you are reading this, please get in touch – your family are worried about you and we just want to make sure that you are safe.”

Jaiyan is described as being 6ft 2in tall, of slim build with short-cropped black hair.

Before his disappearance, the teenager spent much of his time in the Aughton, Beighton and Woodhouse in Sheffield.

Anyone who lives in these areas, Walkden, or Hastings is asked to keep an eye out for him and share their appeal across social media.

Calls can be made to South Yorkshire Police on 101 quoting incident number 292 of August 18.

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