Concern is growing for a teenager who went missing in the early hours of this morning.

Max Stewart, 17, was last seen leaving an address in Nether Blainslie, just off the A68, at around 1.15am heading in the direction of Earlston.

He has not been seen since and his family and friends are increasingly concerned for his welfare.

Max is described as having a slim build, around 6ft in height with short, dark brown hair.

He wears thick, dark rimmed glasses.

He was last seen wearing a white shirt, a fleece jacket and black jeans along with a black checked beanie hat.

Inspector Jacqui McGuigan of Galashiels Police Station said: “Max has now not been seen for a number of hours and we are growing very concerned for his welfare.

“I would ask anyone who has seen Max today, or recognises his description, to contact us at their earliest convenience.

“Likewise I would ask Max ,if he does see this appeal, to get in touch with his family or police to let us know he’s okay.”

Those with information regarding Max’s whereabouts are asked to contact us on 101, quoting incident number 0006 of April 24.