Searches for a student who has been missing for over a week are now taking place in Epping Forest after a recent confirmed sighting.

Richard Okorogheye, a 19-year-old student at Oxford Brookes University, left his family home in Ladbroke Grove last week Monday (March 22) and was reported missing two days later.

His mother, Evidence Joel, previously said that her son had been shielding during the lockdown due to his sickle cell disease, and he was “struggling to cope” with university pressures.

Ms Joel previously said that her son left without his medication, a jacket or any money.

Police have since been investigating his disappearance, and inquiries established he took a taxi to a street in Loughton.

Now CCTV footage has captured him walking alone towards Epping Forest on Smarts Lane in Loughton, last Tuesday (March 23) at 12.39am.

Richard Okorogheye was spotted in Loughton (Photo: Met Police)

Richard Okorogheye was spotted in Loughton (Photo: Met Police)

Officers are now searching the forest as well as carrying out door-to-door enquires in the area.

CCTV footage shows he was wearing all black clothing, with a black satchel bag that has a white Adidas logo.

Search teams from Essex Police are aiding Met Police detectives who are searching the area.

Ms Joel told Sky News that she felt Met officers did not consider her son to be 'high risk' until he was missing for six days.

She said: "I told a police officer that my son was missing, please help me find him, and she said: 'If you can’t find your son, how do you expect police officers to find your son for you?”

Police have been searching for Richard Okorogheye (Photo: Met Police)

Police have been searching for Richard Okorogheye (Photo: Met Police)

Detective Chief Inspector Nicki Beecher said: "It has now been nine days since Richard was last seen in person and we remain as committed as ever to locating him and bringing him home to his family.

"Our officers are working extremely hard to piece together the facts in order to build a picture of Richard's movements on the evening of Monday 22 March.

"Latest information suggests he was last seen in Loughton in Essex and we are now focusing our attention here."

Anyone with information is asked to call police on 101 quoting reference 21MIS008134.