Day 6: A candle for Brad and a plea from his baby boy

Update: 0800 hrs: Tuesday Jan 6th

THE search for missing Chafford man, Brad Arthur has entered its sixth day.

Over 200 people joined Essex Police at a rendezvous point in Chafford Hundred as the route, he may have walked home, is combed.

Brad has not been seen since he left a house in Grove Road, Grays at approx 4am on January 1st.

The search for Brad, has, in modern parlance, gone viral, with intense interest and support.

The Find Brad Arthur page on Facebook as over 34,000 likes. The search has now garnered national attention with reports in the Daily Mail, Daily Mirror and the BBC.

Posters have continued to be put up in shop windows and houses all over Thurrock and surrounding areas.

But perhaps the most poignant image is that of Brad’s baby boy, Alfie, wearing a t-shirt saying: "Please find my daddy".

People have also been posting pictures of candles as they hold their own personal vigils for the 24-year-old father-of-one.

A number of churches are opening their doors for residents to light a candle for Brad.

YT understands that St Michael’s in Aveley High St will be opened between 7pm and 8pm on Tuesday night.

Residents are again meeting at 11am this morning to resume their searches.

Update: 2000 hrs: Sun Jan 4th

A FOURTH day has now passed and there appears to be no sign of Brad Arthur.

Despite requests, information has been thin on the ground on Sunday, so we have to continue to restrict our reporting to what we understand and what we know.

Our sources inform us that, unlike yesterday, there has been little police activity in the Grove Road area of Grays. Grove Road, was, officially, the last place that Brad was seen in.

On Saturday (Jan 3rd) unverified CCTV footage emerged of two males walking down Grove Road. But YT understands that it has emerged that neither one of the males was Brad.

Information that the search had spread further than Thurrock has come from a number of sources. These include a number of tweets from the Chalkwell Lifeguards who tweeted: "Today we assisted @EssexPoliceUK with helping search for Bradley Arthur. He’s been missing since new years eve. Let’s get him home #FindBrad".

A number of sources had reported seeing a male, similar to Brad on Southend-bound platform of Grays railway station early on New Years Day morning.

The whereabouts of Brad has attracted a great deal of attention and concern. The Facebook page, "Find Brad" has gained an astonishing 23,000 likes by 8pm on Sunday night (Jan 4th).

Many will hope that matters may become clearer as the nation returns to work on Monday morning. It may mean that it may be harder for people to help in searches but it may also mean that, more people return to open up offices, shops, are out and about on the roads, pavements and in places such as building sites or areas that are usually busy during the working week.

We have reached out to Essex Police and hope to secure an interview tomorrow.

Update: 1030 hrs: Sun Jan 4th

The search for missing Chafford man, Brad Arthur has entered the

fourth day.

Brad was last seen at approx 4am on Thursday Jan 1st in Grove Road, Grays.

YT understands that Essex Police is following a number of inquiries as well as concentrating its searches in the area surrounding Grove Road in Grays.

We will update as soon as we receive any further information.

Update: 1800 hrs: Sat Jan 3rd

POLICE are continuing their searches in Grays for Brad Arthur who has not been seen for more than 48 hours.

Officers will be carrying out checks into the evening around the Grove Road area where Bradley was last seen in the early hours of New Year’s Day.

Inspector Alan Blakesley, who is co-ordinating the search, said: "There are lots of alleyways, sheds, outbuildings and garages in this area and we need to check all of them as soon as possible. If Bradley is lying injured somewhere then the sooner we can find him the better. The area we will be concentrating our searches on is defined by Bridge Road, East Thurrock Road, Gipsy Lane into Maple Road, and the railway lane.

"If you live in this area we would ask you to help us by checking your garden, any outbuildings you have and any nearby alleyways or garages for any sign of Bradley. If you find anything of note then please call Grays Police Station on 101 or if it is an emergency dial 999."

Bradley, aged 24, who lives in Drake Road, Chafford Hundred, was last seen at a house party in Grove Road, Grays. He left there at around 3.30am on Thursday, January 1 and there have been no confirmed sightings of him since then.

Before the house party, Bradley had been celebrating New Year’s Eve with friends at Orsett Hall.

He is described as white, around 6ft tall and very thin with mousey brown hair and stubble. When he was last seen he was wearing dark blue jeans, a white shirt and a grey blazer. He was reported missing at just after 8pm on New Year’s Day by his mother.

Update: 1600 hrs: Sat Jan 3rd

YT is awaiting a full update from Essex Police.

As darkness falls, the police helicopter has once again hovered over the Grays and Blackshots area.

Update: 1215 hrs: Sat Jan 3rd

Essex Police spent part of the morning in the street where missing Chafford man, Brad Arthur, was last seen.

Sources close to YT have told us that a police forensic van, a police unit and several officers entered a number of properties in Grove Road, Grays.

They left just after 11am.

Mr Arthur was last seen in this street at 4am on New Years Day.

Residents and friends, led by Brad’s partner have also congregated at Drake Road Community Centre and the Sandmartin Pub to help search in the immediate area.

Update: 1000 hrs: Sat Jan 3rd

Essex Police statement

Police are asking residents in Grays to check their gardens, sheds, garages and outbuildings for any signs of a man who has been missing since the early hours of News Year’s Day.

Bradley Arthur, aged 24, who lives in Drake Road, Chafford Hundred, was last seen at a house party in Grove Road, Grays. He left there at around 3.30am on Thursday, January 1 and there have been no confirmed sightings of him since then.

Before the house party, Bradley had been celebrating New Year’s Eve with friends at Orsett Hall. He is described as white, around 6ft tall and very thin with mousey brown hair and stubble. When he was last seen he was wearing dark blue jeans, a white shirt and a grey blazer. He was reported missing at just after 8pm on New Year’s Day by his mother.

Inspector Alan Blakesley, who is co-ordinating the search for Bradley, said: "It is now more than 48 hours since anyone has heard from Bradley and the longer time passes without any contact the more concerned we are for his wellbeing.

"We have received several calls from people who believe they may have seen Bradley since he left the party and these are being investigated but we do not have any confirmed sightings and calls to his mobile phone remain unanswered.

"Specially trained police officers have been carrying out searches of open ground and along the beach in Grays and will be concentrating their efforts today on the nature reserve off of Hogg Lane. This includes potentially dangerous terrain and we would ask members of the public to leave the searches of these areas to our officers.

"It is quite possible that Bradley might be lying somewhere injured and unable to move and we would ask people in Grays to help us by checking their gardens, sheds, and outbuildings for any sign of Bradley. We would also ask them to check alleyways near their homes and to ask friends and families that live in Grays to do the same. If they find anything of significance they should contact Grays Police Station on 101.”

Update: 0800 hrs Sat Jan 3rd

YT understands that friends and supporters of Brad will be meeting at the Drake Road Community Centre at 10am this morning (Saturday) in order to help in the search for Brad.

More to follow.

Update: 0700 hrs: Sat Jan 3rd

The search for missing Chafford Hundred man Brad Arthur has now entered its third day.

Many would have been hoping to wake up this morning to some good news.

But as of 7.30 am, there has not been any.

It has been a rainy night and the rain continues to pour down as daylight breaks.

YT will press for a more detailed statement from the police as to what their plans are for the day.

If Brad left the party in Grove Road, Grays and intended to walk home then his route may well have taken the 24-year-old father of a two month boy, onto Bridge Road, Clarence Road, through Grays High Street, up Hogg Lane, Devonshire Road and then onto Drake Road.

There has been huge interest and support for Brad from the Thurrock community as well as far and wide.

Brad’s partner, Jennie has remained remarkably strong and resolute throughout, what must be a living nightmare. Jennie has kept people up to date on twitter. Her message at midnight was "Thanks for everyones support but keep retweeting. Get Brad home to him family and his little boy."

More to follow.

Update: 1715 hrs: Friday Jan 2nd

YT understands that the police helicopter has been searching the area for several hours.

A number of police units have also been searching a number of areas.

A number of members of the Thurrock community have contacted YT and asked it there was any way they could help. With it now dark, Essex Police will give further feedback to such requests.

Update: 1335 hrs: Friday Jan 2nd

Essex Police statement

Police are growing increasingly concerned for the whereabouts of man missing after attending a party on New Year’s Eve.

Bradley Arthur, aged 24, who lives in Drake Road, Chafford Hundred, was last seen at a house party in Grove Road, Grays. He left there at around 4am on Thursday, January 1 and has not been seen since.

Before the house party, Bradley had been celebrating New Year’s Eve with friends at Orsett Hall. He is described as white, around 6ft tall and very thin with mousey brown hair and stubble. When he was last seen he was wearing dark blue jeans, a white shirt and a grey blazer.

He was reported missing at just after 8pm on New Year’s Day by his mother.

Anyone who knows where he is or if they have seen Bradley is asked to contact Essex Police on 101.

Initial report

0800 hrs: Friday Jan 2nd

A CHAFFORD man has been reported missing since the early hours of New Years Day.

According to reports, Brad Arthur, 24, Drake Road, Chafford Hundred was last seen in the Blackshots area of Grays at between 5am and 7am.

Family members including his partner Jennie, who is the mother of his two month old son, have made frantic appeals for any information that could reveal the whereabouts of Brad.

YT understands that Essex Police has been contacted.

More to follow.

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