Essex Police is encouraging people to check their gardens, sheds, and garages as concens for a 24-year-old Grays man grows.

The search for Bradley Arthur, 24, of Drake Road, Chafford Hundred, has entered its fourth day.

He was last seen at a house party in Grove Road, Grays. He left there at around 3.30am on Thursday, January 1 and there have been no confirmed sightings of him since then.

Before the house party, Bradley had been celebrating New Year’s Eve with friends at Orsett Hall. He is described as white, around 6ft tall and very thin with mousey brown hair and stubble. When he was last seen he was wearing dark blue jeans, a white shirt and a grey blazer. He was reported missing at just after 8pm on New Year’s Day by his mother.

Inspector Alan Blakesley, who is co-ordinating the search for Bradley, said: "It is now more than 48 hours since anyone has heard from Bradley and the longer time passes without any contact the more concerned we are for his wellbeing.

"We have received several calls from people who believe they may have seen Bradley since he left the party and these are being investigated but we do not have any confirmed sightings and calls to his mobile phone remain unanswered.

"Specially trained police officers have been carrying out searches of open ground and along the beach in Grays and will be concentrating their efforts today on the nature reserve off of Hogg Lane. This includes potentially dangerous terrain and we would ask members of the public to leave the searches of these areas to our officers.

"It is quite possible that Bradley might be lying somewhere injured and unable to move and we would ask people in Grays to help us by checking their gardens, sheds, and outbuildings for any sign of Bradley. We would also ask them to check alleyways near their homes and to ask friends and families that live in Grays to do the same. If they find anything of significance they should contact Grays Police Station on 101.”