Police sweep fails to locate escaped teen

POLICE have appealed for public help to locate a teenager who escaped custody while on day release near Coffs Harbour.

The 16-year-old boy was in the company of Juvenile Justice Youth Officers at Sandy Beach about 1.10pm on Saturday when he escaped custody.

Police from Coffs/Clarence Local Area Command were alerted to the youth's escape and immediately stepped up patrols of the area; however, he could not be found.

Investigating officers are now seeking public assistance as they try to locate the teenager, who has been described as being of Aboriginal/Torres Strait Islander appearance, 170-175cm tall, with a thin build, dark brown complexion, short-brown hair, and brown eyes.

He was last seen wearing black shorts, a blue long-sleeve rash top and no shoes.

Anyone who witnessed the incident or has any information that might assist investigating officers in locating the juvenile is urged to contact Coffs Harbour Police Station on 6691 0799 or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.



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