Police search River Thames for missing student, 20

Police search River Thames for missing clubber, 20, who vanished after leaving Heaven nightclub in London on Friday morning

  • Harvey Parker was seen on CCTV leaving Heaven nightclub at 2.15am on Friday 
  • He was then seen entering Craven Street and walking towards Embankment 
  • Harvey, from Lambeth, south London, has not been seen or heard from since
  • Officers searched the River Thames as Harvey ‘may have entered the water’
  • Anyone with information is asked to call 101, quoting CAD 3134/18DEC21

Officers looking for a 20-year-old student who went missing after leaving a London nightclub are conducting a search of the River Thames after CCTV indicated he ‘may have entered the water’.

Harvey Parker left Heaven nightclub near Charing Cross railway station in Westminster at around 2.15am on Friday, December 17.

Earlier today, Metropolitan Police officers started searching the river following a review of CCTV in the area that indicated the York University student may have entered the water near the Golden Jubilee Bridge.

At this stage of the investigation, police said, there ‘is nothing to suggest that there is any third party involvement’.

Harvey, from Lambeth in south London, has been described as 5ft 8in, mixed race, slim and with short black hair.

Harvey Parker, 20, (pictured) has not been seen or heard from since the early hours of Friday, December 17. Today, officers conducted a search of the River Thames 

Police, along with Harvey’s friends and family, said they are now growing ‘increasingly concerned’ for his welfare after having no contact with him for four days. 

On Tuesday, the Met released CCTV images of Harvey leaving the LGBTQ+ club. Further CCTV footage showed Harvey then entering Craven Street and walking south towards Embankment, but the music student has not been seen since.

Detective Chief Inspector Lucy O’Connor, from Central South Safeguarding Unit, today said: ‘We are doing all we can to find Harvey, and working closely with our colleagues in the Marine Policing Unit.

‘We are keeping Harvey’s family fully informed of any developments; and the thoughts of my colleagues and I are with them at this distressing time.

‘We would also ask that media avoid any speculation while the enquiry continues.’

Prior to attending the LBGTQ+ club, it is understood the ‘kind and gentle’ York University student had been at a Lil Simz concert at the O2 Academy in Brixton.

Police, along with Harvey’s friends and family, said they are now growing ‘increasingly concerned’ for his welfare after having no contact with him for four days.  

The Theatre Royal Stratford East said Harvey was a front-of-house member of staff and issued an appeal for help in the search.

The tweet was shared by playwright Jonathan Harvey and others.

A friend of Harvey’s said the University of York music student had been to a Little Simz concert in Brixton, south London, before going to Heaven nightclub.

Little Simz has since retweeted an appeal by a friend of Harvey’s.

Harvey’s relatives have also taken to social media to ask for help in locating him, including uncle Sylvester Lennon who tagged LBC presenter James O’Brien in the appeal.

Mr O’Brien responded, saying he would mention Harvey on his show after saying he had seen a missing poster on his way in to work.

Another unnamed relative added that the family was ‘desperate’ for information and asked for the public to re-post the police’s online appeal to find Harvey.

A further Twitter user added: ‘He is 20, autistic, non-binary, vulnerable.

‘He’s missed 3 work shifts and not on socials since 1.30 Friday morning – unheard of – and not in touch with any friends.

‘His family has visited all London hospitals and informed police.’

Westminster School in London also tweeted an appeal using the hashtag #FindHarvey, stating Harvey was a former pupil.

Harvey’s friends and family have posted appeals on social media to help find the missing student. Pictured, CCTV image of Harvey leaving Heaven nightclub by Charing Cross railway station

Detective Sergeant Dick Nation, from the Central South Safeguarding Unit, said Harvey was last seen on Craven Street, walking south towards Embankment 

Cordelia Hobbs, one of seven students who share a flat with Harvey at York University, wrote on Facebook that she and others were ‘all extremely worried’ for the 20-year-old’s safety.

One of Harvey’s school friends Angus Colwell, who is an editorial assistant at the Spectator, added on Twitter: ‘I’ve known Harvey for years, and several of my close friends are v tight with him.

‘Please contact the police if you know / see anything. We are all worried.’

Another school friend, Oxford University student Alex Foster, wrote: ‘Harvey has been missing since Thursday evening.

‘They went to a concert in Brixton before going to Heaven Nightclub near Embankment and leaving there at 4am.

‘If you see them or have any information, PLEASE text me.’

Following an appeal, a police spokesperson said: ‘Harvey left the nightclub alone and there is nothing to indicate any reason for him to go missing.

‘Police and Harvey’s family are growing increasingly concerned for his welfare.

‘Harvey is described as 5ft 8ins tall and of slight build.’

Anyone with information is asked to call 101 or tweet @MetCC, quoting CAD 3134/18DEC21.

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