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Dean McIlwaine: Police checkpoints used in search for Northern Ireland man

Police held a checkpoint in the Newtownabbey area as the search continues for missing man Dean McIlwaine.

The 22-year-old barber has been missing since July 13. He was last seen in the Carnmoney Road area at around 1pm.

Police stopped cars in the area on Thursday in a bid to try and job the memories of the public in the hope of tracking him down.

Searches have been held in Newtowabbey and Belfast for Dean in the past week.

Police released CCTV of Dean entering a Spar shop and a team of between 15 and 20 police officers, with four members of a search and rescue team, continued the search of wasteland behind Carnmoney Cemetery near his home.

Friends and family are continuing to appeal and posters have been widely distributed.

On Monday night, a huge crowd gathered at Belfast City Hall to volunteer to help take part in the search.

His brother Glen told the Belfast Telegraph: "We are all distraught - it's totally out of character for him."

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