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A search is under way after a 15-year-old boy was reported missing in a lake near a shopping centre.

Essex Police and firefighters were called out on Friday night after reports that a teenager had gone missing at the Lakeside Shopping Centre in Thurrock, Essex.

Superintendent Craig Saunders said: "Our investigation has identified that he was last seen at around 8.50pm on the lake.

"We will be working with specialist search teams to carry out an extensive search of the lake and surrounding area today."

Image: An inflatable water park opened at the lake recently. Pic: Thurrock Nub News
Lakeside shopping centre search for missing teenager
Image: Emergency services are at the scene

Pictures from the area on Saturday morning show a white tent nearby and a large emergency presence.

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A lifeboat was also photographed on the water and a police cordon has been set up.

People have been asked to stay away from the area as investigators continue their search.

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Lakeside shopping centre search for missing teenager
Image: The teenager went missing just before 9pm on Friday
A police cordon has been set up. Pic: Thurrock Nub News
Image: A police cordon has been set up. Pic: Thurrock Nub News

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