Former Chief Constable who led Raoul Moat manhunt gives opinion on Jay Slater search

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The chief constable who led the Raoul Moat manhunt in 2010 has given her opinion on the search for missing British teenager Jay Slater.

The search for the 19-year-old who disappeared while on holiday in Tenerife is now in its second week. He attended the NRG music festival in Tenerife with two friends before his disappearance on Monday, June 17.

It is reported that the 19-year-old, from Oswaldtwistle, in Lancashire, disappeared following an attempt to make the 11-hour walk back to his accommodation after missing a bus. And as the search for the apprentice bricklayer continues with no major breakthrough, ex-Northumbria Police chief constable Sue Sim has given her opinion on the search.

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Speaking on the Sky News Daily podcast with Niall Paterson, Sue stressed that Jay's location at the time he was last heard from was "very very remote" and added that she would find it "very very surprising if he'd been kept away for a week".

Sue said: "They will be hoping that somebody has taken him in. As I've stressed before, this is a very very remote area of Tenerife, and not everybody has television, not everybody has radio."

Former Northumbria Police Chief Constable, Sue Sim
Former Northumbria Police Chief Constable, Sue Sim -Credit:PA

She added: "It would, however, be very very surprising if he'd been kept away for a week so the chances are that this is now, unfortunately, a recovery operation. I must stress that the Guardia Civil have not said that."

As Spanish authorities continue their hunt for Jay, former British Detective Mark Williams-Thomas has travelled to Tenerife to investigate Jay's disappearance. In a press conference on Wednesday afternoon, Mr Williams-Thomas said that he had spend time with the family and spoken to major witnesses.

He added that he is now looking to speak to two further witnesses who have travelled back to the UK. The private investigator told members of the press: "These are the two men that took Jay back to that holiday rental in the hills."

Speaking to reporters he said that "we need as many people as possible to get involved. He added: "There are people out here who have information, who have seen Jay, who had contact with Jay whilst he was here. If you were in those clubs on that evening when the early hours of that morning, please come forward."

"You may be reluctant to pass that information to the police. Please use the hotline we will circulate so that people can give us that information."