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August 27 2011.

Police are growing increasingly concerned for a 16-year-old Brighton boy who has been missing from his home since Friday afternoon (August 26).

Nathan Grainger was last seen at his home in Surrey Street at about 2pm on Friday, when he said he was going to cycle to Rottingdean. He has been known to stay out late, but never overnight and there are concerns that due to learning difficulties, he has a reduced sense of danger and is reluctant to engage with people to ask for help if he has become lost.

Police are considering that he may have continued his journey on to Eastbourne and there is also the possibility that he may have headed west towards Worthing where he has recently enrolled at college. A South East Air Support Unit helicopter has joined the search along the coast.

Nathan is white, of slim build, 5' 8", clean shaven, with short dark brown hair and wearing denim shorts, a black hooded top with blue polo shirt underneath and black Adidas trainers. He is riding a red Raleigh hybrid bike with black handlebars that are curved inwards. He does not wear a helmet.

Anyone who believes they have seen Nathan is asked to call 0845 60 70 999 quoting serial 560 of 27/08. If he won't be approached, is in danger or requires medical attention, please dial 999 immediately.


A 16-year-old boy who went missing from his home in Brighton on Friday afternoon (August 26) has been found safe and well.

Nathan Grainger was last seen at his home in Surrey Street at 2pm on Friday. He was found by an off duty police officer at Rottingdean on Saturday (August 27) just after 10pm. He was cold, but otherwise unharmed.

Detective Inspector Rachel Bacon said: "I should like to thank everyone who responded to our appeal to find Nathan, who has now been reunited with his family.