The public should not approach missing 12-year-old Alfie Benson but dial 999 instead, Greater Manchester Police have warned.
Alfie, who has been missing since before Christmas, was ‘seen within the last week’ in the Parrs Wood area of Didsbury, where he is known to visit local shops.
GMP added that he is known to frequent Parrs Wood Rd, Parkville Rd, Wilmslow Rd and Parsonage Rd.
The website Missing People says Alfie has been missing since December 19 and was last seen in Coniston, Cumbria. He also has links to Blackpool, Manchester and Clitheroe.
A police Facebook appeal, which has since been deleted, said: ‘Please do not approach this male and if seen call 999.
‘Have you seen this male? Missing Person Alfie BENSON 12yrs seen within the last week around the Parrs Wood area.
‘He is known to frequent Parrs Wood Road, Parkville Road, Wilmslow Road and Parsonage Road, especially the shops in this area.
It’s unclear why the appeal was later taken down.