Boy, 7, disappears in middle of night as police issue urgent appeal

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A desperate search has been carried out overnight after a 7-year-old boy has gone missing.

Carson Shephard, 7, vanished from Afton Bridgend in New Cumnock, East Ayrshire on Sunday night as police issued an urgent appeal on social media.

East Ayrshire Police published the appeal at about 10.20pm to ask for people’s help in tracking down the youngster.

Carson, who is 3ft 6in tall with short dark brown hair was last seen wearing dark blue jeans, a t-shirt and a black top.

Last night the public were being urged to check areas of their property including garden sheds, gardens and garages.

This morning police renewed its appeal through the Ayrshire Police Division account on Facebook.

Ayrshire Police Division wrote: "Police in Ayrshire are appealing for the public's assistance in tracing 7-year-old Carson Shephard who has been reported missing from New Cumnock.

"Carson was last seen in the Afton Bridgend area of the village at around 7.20pm on Sunday, 19 September, 2021."

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They went on: "Carson is around 3ft 6in tall, has short dark brown hair, and is of slim build.

"He was last known to be wearing dark blue jeans, a t-shirt and a black top.

"Police Scotland, as well as partner agencies, have made use of a range of resources since Carson was reported missing, including the police helicopter, marine and dog units, and Scottish Fire & Rescue Service water support unit.

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"The local community has also been providing assistance to officers in the area.

"Anyone who has any information or may have seen Carson, or know of his whereabouts, is asked to call Police Scotland on 101, or 999 in an emergency situation, quoting incident number 3162 of Sunday, 19 September, 2021."

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Users on Facebook have set up a group to share information regarding the boy’s disappearance after many helped search for the boy during the night.

One user wrote: "We have been looking all night! No new updates going home for a couple hours sleep and will be back up."

Another wrote: "It's 4c in the area now. Really hope this wee guy has found shelter and is warm."

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