Concerns are growing for the safety of a young military policeman who vanished after a night out and may have tried to walk eight miles back to his base.1boyCorrie McKeague, 23, was last seen on CCTV asleep in a doorway in Bury St Edmunds town centre at 3.23am on Saturday morning.

Camera operators saw him getting up and walking off – but he failed to return to Honington, the headquarters of the RAF Force Protection who guard UK military installations around the world.

Despite an appeal to motorists, villagers along the serviceman’s route and a search by the Suffolk police helicopter there has been no trace of him.

An RAF spokesman said: “We can confirm that a RAF serviceman from RAF Honington is currently missing and our thoughts are with his family at this very difficult time. The civilian police are leading the investigation and it would not be appropriate for the MOD to comment or speculate on the case at this time.”