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Sunday 21 December 2014

Body found in hunt for teenager

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Police searching for an Irish teenager who disappeared during a night out in London's West End have found a body.

Patrick Halpin, 18, was last seen shortly after midnight on Wednesday when he left the Zoo Bar in Bear Street, Leicester Square, in central London.

Scotland Yard said a bod y was discovered at around 7.50pm yesterday in an enclosed area in the vicinity of Burger King and the Zoo Bar off Leicester Square.

Inquiries are under way to establish the identity of the deceased, a police spokesman said.

Patrick was visiting the capital on a trip with his college.

His sister, Regina Ni hAilpin, earlier issued an appeal on Facebook to help find her brother.

She wrote: "(Patrick) was in London on a trip this week and went missing from a nightclub last night and hasn't been seen since.

"He was in The Zoo nightclub just of Leicester Square and left to go to Burger King but did not return home. He should have been staying in the Astor Museum Hostel, Bloomsbury, London."

A later post appealed for help in carrying out a search: " Hey everybody, this is Regina's friend posting on behalf of the family. We really appreciate all your messages and offers of support, we plan to carry out a search tonight if anyone in the London area is available."

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