Body of missing man, 28, is found in a BIN

Police have launched an appeal after a man’s body was found at a recycling site on Christmas Eve.

Officers are asking the public for information after Jay McLaren, of Hadleigh Road, Sunderland, was found dead at around 9.40pm.

The 28-year-old was reported missing by family on Saturday afterhe

failed to return home following a night out in Sunderland.

A spokesperson for Northumbria Police said: ‘While it is believed there was no third party involvement, police are seeking information from the public to help trace Jay’s last movements.

‘The last confirmed sighting of Jay is at 0415 hours on Saturday 23rd December 2017 outside Arizona and Purple bar.

‘From here, he is understood to have been taken to the recycling plant after entering a bin that was later collected in the early hours of Saturday 23rd December 2017.’

Jay’s grieving family are being supported by specialist officers and have warned drinkers and partygoers to stay safe on a night out, particularly as New Year’s Eve approaches.

They’re urging people to stay together and keep an eye out for friends. Anyone who believes they may have seen or spoken to Jay in the early hours of Saturday 23rd December 2017 should contact police on 101 quoting 1205231217