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Search for teen missing for more than a week intensifies

Liam Smith, 16, was last seen on November 17 and police have intensified searches for him.

Missing: Liam has not been seen for over a week.
Missing: Liam has not been seen for over a week. Police Scotland

Police have carried out searches in parts of Aberdeenshire more than a week after a teenager went missing.

Liam Smith was reported missing on Saturday November 17 and has not been seen since.

The 16-year-old was captured on CCTV entering Union Square shopping centre in Aberdeen before boarding a 202 Stagecoach Bus at 1.11pm at the city's bus station on the day he went missing.

It is understood that he bought a ticket for Raemoir Road in Banchory, however a passenger has advised they understand Liam got off at Crathes.

Matrix boards have been erected in Banchory as part of the search for information.
Matrix boards have been erected in Banchory as part of the search for information. Police Scotland

Officers have spent the weekend focusing on three areas of interest, Aberdeen bus station, Crathes and Banchory.

On Saturday, police spoke to drivers and passengers at the bus station and on board a number of 202 buses.

Specialist searches are ongoing in the Crathes area and have included farmland, woodland and some areas of water.

Police have been assisted by the Aberdeen and Braemar Mountain Rescue Teams.

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Specialist resources have also been involved including the dog unit, patrols from road policing and a dash cam appeal at Crathes.

Huge matrix boards are also displayed at the entrance to Banchory asking members of the public if they have seen Liam.

Chief Inspector Martin Mackay said: "We are very grateful for the many messages of support for both Liam's family and the police enquiry and the suggestions we have received. All information passed to us will be followed up.

"We don't know where Liam was intending on going last Saturday and the Crathes and Banchory areas are vast and include challenging terrain.

"Despite searches already carried out Liam is still missing and we are continuing to urge anyone with information to contact police on 101 using reference number 1302 of 18 November."

Liam is white, 6ft 4in, is of slim build, and has short brown hair.

He was wearing a dark top, blue jeans, Nike Air Max trainers and was carrying a camouflage-coloured North Face backpack.

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