UPDATE: Lancashire Police say the James has now been found safe and well. 

Police officers are concerned for the welfare of a boy and are asking for the public's help to find him. 

The boy, called James, was last seen on Rivington Pike at 12.30pm today, April 28. 

James, whose age hasn't been given, is described as being 4' tall, of average build and with blonde hair.

He was last seen wearing a black helmet with blue and white stripes, a black coat that says 'adventure' on the sleeve and blue sports trousers. 

The police stress that he is autistic and mainly non-verbal. They urge anyone with any information to call them on 999. 

A spokesperson for Lancashire Police said: "This is James. He is currently missing from home and we’re really concerned for his welfare, so are now asking the public for help.

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"James was last seen at Rivington Pike, at 12.30pm on April 28. When he was last seen, he was wearing a black helmet with blue and white stripes, black coat that says adventure on the sleeve and blue sports trousers.

"He is described as 4', of average build with blonde hair. Please be aware that James is autistic and is mainly non verbal.

"If you have any information that could help us find James, please contact us on 999 quoting LC-20240428-0891." 

Police regularly put out appeals like these to help them to find missing people and encourage members of the public with any helpful information to get in touch.