OFFICERS are appealing for the public’s help to locate a missing teenage boy in Bournemouth.

James McBride, 14, was last seen at around 12.40pm on Thursday, April 8, in Kinson Road by a family member, before unexpectedly leaving the area.

He has not been seen or heard from since.

James is described as white, five feet eight inches tall and of medium build with dark hair that is shaved on the sides and longer on top. He was last seen wearing a black Puma tracksuit and black Nike trainers.

Chief Inspector Andy Bell, of Dorset Police, said: “James is not familiar with the local area and does not have a mobile phone on him and we are therefore becoming increasingly concerned for his welfare.

“I am appealing to anyone who has seen James or a boy matching the description given to please get in touch.

“Finally, if you see this appeal James, please can you contact us or your family as we all want to ensure you are safe and well.”

Anyone with information or knowledge as to James’ whereabouts is asked to contact Dorset Police at, via email or by calling 101, quoting incident number 8:278.