A MAN who was allegedly forced into a car on a busy Middlesbrough street has still not been traced.

Police said five men aged between 20 and 46 remained in custody being questioned in relation to the incident, where the man was allegedly forced into a silver Ford Kuga at midday on Saturday.

The man - who police have not yet identified or spoken to - is described as short, of average or thin build, with dark hair and wearing light clothing, possibly a light grey jacket.

He is believed to be aged between 19 and 25.

In an update, police said the Ford Kuga is believed to have entered Bedford Street from Albert Road, stopping opposite O'Connells before making off towards Linthorpe Road. 

A Cleveland Police spokeswoman said: "We would again appeal for this man to come forward so police can confirm he is safe and well.

"Anyone else who was in the Albert Road/Bedford Street/Linthorpe Road areas of Middlesbrough around noon on Saturday and who may have seen the Kuga is asked to contact Cleveland Police via the 101 number, quoting event 175906."

A dashcam footage appeal has since been launched while retail, private or business premises in the area are being requested to check CCTV footage matching the alleged time of the offence.

Information can also be passed anonymously to the independent charity Crimestoppers via its website at www.crimestoppers-uk.org or by phoning them on 0800-555-111.