Search goes on for missing Sunderland man

Missing man Matthew Bentham.
Missing man Matthew Bentham.
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Police are still searching for a Wearside man who went missing from his home on Boxing Day.

Police searching for Matthew Bentham, who has not been seen since 11pm on Boxing Day, today said there were no new updates.

Northumbria Police's Marine unit found a car belonging to the 26-year-old when searching the River Wear, near the Shipwright's Pub, North Hylton, on New Year's Eve.

But, at the moment there is still no sign of Matthew.

He was last seen as he left his home in Hylton Castle in his car - a grey Ford Focus estate (reg number ND07WBU).

A car similar to his was spotted on CCTV on the A19 near to the River Wear, on Sunday, December 27, at about 2.40am, and officers are focusing their searches around the river at this location.

Chief Inspector Julian Bowran, of Northumbria Police, said: "We are really concerned for Matthew's welfare and would urge anyone with any information as to his whereabouts to contact us as soon as possible.

"A similar car to Matthew's was seen near to the river in the early hours of Sunday morning and we are carrying out searches of the area, including sections of the river itself, as there is a possibility that he may have gone into the river.

"Matthew's family and friends are extremely worried about him and if anyone saw anything, or has any information that might help us find Matthew, then I'd ask that they contact us as soon as possible with any information."

Anyone with any information as to his whereabouts is asked to contact police on 101.