Volunteers comb country park in search for missing Matthew

MORE volunteers have come forward to assist the search for missing Matthew Harris, 36, who was last seen in Leek eight days ago.

They are concentrating their efforts on combing the 60-acre Deep Hayes Country Park on the outskirts of Leek.

The beauty spot, popular with walkers, is a mixture of woods, meadows and pools.

There have been fresh reports of Matthew possibly last being seen in the Burton Street Street/Sneyd Street area of Leek, shortly after he left Benks pub, in Stockwell Street, at around 5.30pm last Sunday. (March 31).

Members of Staffordshire Search and Rescue Team (SSART) joined officers from Staffordshire Police in a co-ordinated operation searching rural areas around Leek at the weekend.

Matthew is described as white, 5′ 8″ tall, of stocky build with short brown hair and a beard. He was wearing dark blue jeans and a dark-coloured jumper.

Matthew used to live in Leek but moved recently to Macclesfield to be nearer his place of employment.

The entrance to Deep Hayes Country Park on the outskirts of Leek.

Concern has been expressed about Matthew’s well-being as he was described has being in a ‘fragile’ state of mind before his disappearance.

Matthew’s cousin, Amy Norbury, said: “We are getting more and more desperate for any information.

“He has never goner missing before and he’s never been uncontactable. We’re deeply concerned.”

Anyone with information that could assist the search for Matthew is urged to contact Staffordshire Police on 101, quoting incident number 21 of April 1.