Missing Ben: Police release CCTV of two witnesses

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POLICE searching for a missing man in York today released CCTV images of two people they want to trace.

Ben Clarkson, 22, has not been seen since 3.40am on Sunday 2 March, in Layerthorpe, near the junction with James Street.

Police images of witnesses

Police images of witnesses

A team from an underwater unit have carried out searches of the River Foss, between the Iron Bridge, Huntington Road and the Foss Basin.

Ben went missing just a day after the body of student Megan Roberts was pulled from the River Ouse in York. Megan, 20, had been missing since January 27.

When last seen, Ben was searing a grey t-shirt, with an Eiffel Tower logo, dark skinny jeans and dark pumps with white trim and white toe caps.

Today’s CCTV images show a white man, wearing a light coloured jacket with dark trousers and shoes. He walked along Stonebow, heading towards the junction with Foss Islands Road, on the opposite side of the road to Ben. A short time later, this person takes the same route as Ben as they walk past National Windscreens, Layerthorpe.

Police images of witnesses

Police images of witnesses

A second image shows a man in the smoking area of Fibbers nightclub a short time before Ben left the club. He is white, with short dark hair. He was wearing a red checked shirt, fastened at the collar, a white t-shirt and dark trousers.

Inspector Neil Drummond of North Yorkshire Police said: “If you believe you could be either of the people described above, I urge you to get in touch with us straight away.

“I am sure the person who walked along Layerthorpe will have seen Ben as he made his way home and will be able to help identify the route he took.

“I also need to speak to the man at Fibbers as although he spoke with Ben, his friends didn’t recognise him, and I ask that he gets in touch.

“Can I ask anyone who recognises either of the men to encourage them to contact us, or pass their details to us, so that we can speak to them.”

Anyone with information should call North Yorkshire Police on 101.