A TEENAGE boy who went missing in Poole before Christmas has been located safe and well.

An appeal was launched by police after Baryalai Amini, 16, was reported missing having last been seen in the town on Saturday, December 21.

A statement released by Dorset Police this afternoon said: "Following enquiries by officers, it has been confirmed that Baryalai has returned to his accommodation in Poole safe and well.

"We would like to thank everyone who shared our appeal."