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Police return to UEA lake in search for missing student

PUBLISHED: 12:31 17 February 2019 | UPDATED: 16:03 17 February 2019

Emergency service teams continue to search the lake at the UEA

Emergency service teams continue to search the lake at the UEA

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Police have returned to the UEA lake after a possible sighting of missing student Nick Sadler as the search enters its second week.

Emergency service teams continue to search the lake at the UEAEmergency service teams continue to search the lake at the UEA

The 25-year-old not been seen since he disappeared from his home at Helena Road in Earlham early Friday, February 8.

Search teams from Norfolk Constabulary and Lowland Search and Rescue have been scouring the university campus and the area around Dereham Road in Norwich.

Police have also been reviewing CCTV and say they have a number of potential sightings of Nick they are investigating.

One such sighting is of a man who could fit Nick’s description walking in the direction of the lake on the UEA campus at around 4.30am on the morning of Friday, February 8.

Nick Sadler has been missing since Friday morning. Picture: Will SadlerNick Sadler has been missing since Friday morning. Picture: Will Sadler

Nick left his phone, wallet and keys behind, and his family believe he did not have a jacket on.

Nick’s brother Oliver, 31, said it had been the “worst week of their lives”, but they hoped for positive news.

“We went to see some CCTV yesterday of what looked like him walking through the campus at UEA around 4.30am on the night he went missing,” he added.

“If that is him we have to figure out what he was doing. We are struggling a bit and it has been exhausting.

Missing UEA student Nick Sadler’s mother Tracy and brother Oliver have issued a plea for him to get in touch. Nick has been missing since early Friday morning. Picture: Neil DidsburyMissing UEA student Nick Sadler’s mother Tracy and brother Oliver have issued a plea for him to get in touch. Nick has been missing since early Friday morning. Picture: Neil Didsbury

“We just hope for some sort of positive news, or just any sort of news.”

His mum, Tracy, put out a plea for her son to get in touch last week.

She said: “Just please come home. You are not in any trouble, we just want you home.”

Nick is in his final year of a film and television studies degree at the UEA, after moving to the city from his home town of King’s Lynn.

He had been “worried” about the future after graduation, his family said, and was last seen by his house mates in the early hours of Friday morning.

Nick’s father Will Sadler, 59, has urged his son to let them know he is safe as concerns build over his safety.

“We are all very worried about you and want to know you are safe,” said Mr Sadler. “Whatever you may think, nobody thinks any less of you.

“Your family and friends love you dearly and want to see you again. Please contact us to let us know you are safe. Ring the police or if you have not got any money reverse charge to call us.”

Nick is described as white, 5ft 8 inches tall, medium build with dark brown hair, wearing glasses, he has stubble and he speaks with a Norfolk accent.

Anybody who has seen Nick or knows of his current whereabouts should contact Norfolk Police immediately on 101 quoting CAD 22 of Sunday, February 10 2019.

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