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Officers searching for missing man Ezra Wale are appealing to speak to two people who are believed to have spoken to Ezra on the night he went missing.

Ezra was last seen by a friend in the area of Church Gate, Leicester, at around 11.30pm on Saturday 15 September.

He was reported missing on 16 September.

Following enquiries, it is understood a number of people talked to Ezra as he was making his way through the Church Gate area.

This includes a man and a woman who approached Ezra at around 12.10am on Sunday (16 September) in the area of Church Gate before walking with him in the direction of Burleys Way.

The man is described as wearing light trousers and a dark jacket while the woman is described as wearing a knee length coat and light trousers. She was carrying a large handbag.

Police Constable Phil Porter said: “We are continuing to carry out a number of enquiries to find Ezra including speaking to people in the area and checking CCTV. From these enquiries we understand a number of people have talked to Ezra after he was last seen by his friend.

“If you are the people described above then please get in touch. Your information could be vital and help us in our search to find Ezra. Ezra has not been reported missing before and his family and ourselves are extremely concerned for his welfare.”

As part of ongoing enquiries, a search was carried out along a section of the canal in the area of Frog Island, Leicester, today (19 September). This was carried out by a water search team and a drone team. There were no developments in the ongoing enquiries following this search.

Ezra is described as white, around 5’9”tall, of slim build with shaved hair.

He was last seen wearing an orange short-sleeved shirt, black or grey jeans, a black lightweight fleece jacket and black trainers. He had white earphones with him.

If you recognise the description of the people mentioned, or you have any information regarding Ezra, contact 101 quoting incident 661 of 16 September.

A film about a 14-year-old boy who was murdered by a man he met online is due to be shown to schoolchildren across Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland to help raise awareness of online grooming among boys.

Breck’s Last Game is about Surrey teenager Breck Bednar who was killed by Essex computer engineer Lewis Daynes in 2014.

Daynes ran an online server where Breck, and several of his friends, played games online. It was through this forum that Daynes groomed Breck over 13 months – telling him a series of lies, turning him against family and friends, and eventually luring him to his flat on the promise of handing over a fake business.

Through the use of avatars, the film captures the events leading up to Breck’s death and also features the real 999 call made to police by Daynes.

The project is the work of an innovative collaboration between four police forces – Leicestershire, Northamptonshire, Essex and Surrey – and has been made with the active support of Breck’s mother Lorin LaFave, who appears in the film as herself.

The film was launched today (Wednesday 19 September) and will now be rolled-out in schools across Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland, where it will be shown to secondary schoolchildren.

Speaking at the launch of the film, Deputy Chief Constable Rob Nixon, said: “The launch of Breck’s Last Game is the latest phase in our ongoing efforts to raise awareness of online grooming and child sexual exploitation.

“While Kayleigh’s Love Story was about a local teenager who was groomed over social media, and has been extremely successful in warning children of the dangers of online grooming, Breck’s Last Game tells a slightly different story.

“We recognise that boys are less willing to report CSE and we hope that this film will resonate with them, encourage anyone who is the victim of online grooming to report what is happening to them, and to generate conversations about the dangers posed online, not only in the classroom but also at home.

“I believe that Breck’s Last Game, which will be shown in schools with the right support wrapped around screenings, will do just that.”

Daynes, who was 18 at the time of the offence, was sentenced in 2015 to a minimum of 25 years in prison for Breck’s murder.

Schoolchildren in Surrey, Essex and Northamptonshire will also be shown Breck’s Last Game as part of planned lessons over the coming months with a trailer of the film now available to view online.

The full version of Breck’s Last Games, which carries a warning that, if it were to be screened at a cinema, it would carry a 15 certificate, won’t be released publicly until 2019 to enable it to be shown as part of planned lessons.

Breck’s mother Lorin said: “Breck’s story shows how easily grooming can happen. He met the predator through an online friendship group and would have been flattered to have an intelligent, older mentor helping him expand his gaming skills.

“At the time, I believed the offender was older than he was because he was so controlling and manipulative, even with me, so it’s important for young people to realise not only can predators lie about their age, where they live or who they are online, they can also be a similar age to the victim. They are not always the stereotypical ‘creepy old guy’.

“It’s so important for us to raise awareness of the fact that boys can be groomed too. Breck’s came after international media surrounding the Rochdale and Rotherham cases, where the victims were all girls. His version wasn’t the ‘typical’ type of grooming people had heard about in the news.

"His story shows even regular school boys can make mistakes if they aren’t educated to recognise the signs of grooming and exploitation.

“I hope through the Breck’s Last Game campaign, young people will take on the real life lessons from Breck’s story so they are able to look after each other, keep safe, and reach their full potentials. Our intention is to educate young people so they are empowered to make safer choices for themselves online."

The film has been funded by Leicestershire’s Police and Crime Commissioner Lord Willy Bach with additional contributions from Surrey, Essex and Northamptonshire police forces.

Lord Bach said: “Every single one of us has a responsibility to protect children and young people from abuse of any kind. As this film evocatively illustrates, abuse is not confined to young girls. Sadly however, many boys and young male victims will suffer in silence rather than seek help which means they don’t receive any support and the perpetrator escapes justice.

“If we can teach young people that all is not always what it seems, we give the knowledge to protect themselves, whether that is on the street or on-line. A film can do this very effectively.

“I also hope that the film will safeguard young males from harm and encourage any victims to speak out and report their experiences, so that we can stamp out this evil behaviour. This is another really good piece of work and I would like to thank everyone who has worked so hard to produce it.”

Leicestershire officers are preparing for a week of knife crime action as part of National Operation Sceptre.

The seven-day operation starting on Saturday 22 September is intended to reduce knife crime by targeting those who carry weapons and disrupt the supply of knives available to use.

Officers across the Neighbourhood Policing and Priority Response teams will take part in targeted patrols throughout this time. They will also set up surrender bins and where appropriate use their stop and search powers.

Members of the public will be able to hand over unwanted knives at Mansfield House, Loughborough, Spinney Hill and Wigston police stations. In addition, the force’s knife arch will also be at an undisclosed location to target those carrying knives.

Officers will also be at Leicester Royal Infirmary, Glenfield and General hospitals, throughout the week to help highlight the message that carrying a knife can have potentially deadly consequences.

The operation sits alongside on-going work to prevent knife crime across the force including educational activities in schools and youth settings, and the #LivesNotKnives campaign which is well established.

Superintendent Shane O’Neill, who leads the force’s response to knife crime, said: “We will not tolerate people carrying knives on our streets and will do our utmost to ensure we catch offenders and deal with them appropriately.

“We are dedicated to supporting this national operation as part of the force’s on-going work to tackle knife crime and will use our stop and search powers to prevent and detect crime, identify those who intend to cause harm and disrupt criminal networks.

“Not only that but we are doing everything we can to work with partner agencies so that early intervention messages are delivered through various channels to our young people. The most recent of these was a film made in conjunction with Leicester City Football Club which sent out a strong message to football fans that carrying a knife is not part of a team mentality.

“Through our engagement activities we are highlighting that carrying a knife is not a status symbol but instead can have some serious consequences.”