AN URGENT appeal has been made to trace a car which may have had a 'person in the boot'.

Police are trying to trace the dark-coloured estate which was reported to be driving suspiciously up Captain Cook's Crescent in Marton, Middlesbrough last night, Sunday, about 9pm.

The car, which was being driven slowly with the boot open, and was said to have a person in the boot, turned right on to Dixon's Bank towards Marton Shops.

Detective Chief Inspector Daryll Tomlinson said: “A member of the public contacted us with concerns about a person who may have been laid in the boot of a dark coloured estate vehicle which was being driven very slowly. That vehicle was being driven along Captain Cooks Crescent before turning right onto Dixons Bank towards Marton shops around 9pm on Sunday.

“Until we know the full circumstances of the incident then we are concerned for this person and we are treating this as a genuine concern for welfare. I would ask the occupants of the vehicle in question to get in contact with police as a matter of urgency.”

  • Officers are asking anyone who saw the vehicle or  who may know who it belongs to, to contact them on 101, quoting event number 181063, or call independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 or visit their website at