POLICE investigating the disappearance of a teenager have appealed for help to trace three key witnesses.

Ahmed Mukhtar was reported missing at the weekend and was last seen near to the Centre of Life, in Newcastle, at about 2.40am on Friday morning.

It is believed the 17-year-old had been dropped off in the area by a taxi after being picked up near his home in the west end of the city.

Northumbria Police said enquiries to locate Ahmed’s are ongoing and officers and his family are growing increasingly concerned for his welfare.

Following the review of CCTV in the city, police are now looking to trace three potential key witnesses who could help with their investigation.

A spokesperson said: “They were walking in the area of the Centre of Life around the same time Ahmed was dropped off by the taxi.

“The three people are described as a male with his hood up, a person walking with a rucksack and a person walking their dog.

“We know the descriptions are vague but we believe the witnesses will know who they are as the city would have been very quiet at the time.

“It is believed Ahmed could have been heading in the direction of the Redheugh Bridge and any information could assist our investigation.”

Ahmed is described as Asian, around 5ft 7in tall and black wavy hair.

He was last seen wearing a white t-shirt, black jumper, jeans and Timberland boots.

If you think you are one of these three witnesses, or think you know who they could be, Northumbria Police want to hear from you immediately.

Contact officers on Northumbria Police on 101 quoting log 86 28/11/20 or online at the ‘Tell Us Something’ pages of the force’s website.