Liam Hayes
Liam is described as having mousey coloured hair. He was last seen wearing a navy blue waterproof coatPolice handout

Police in Manchester are searching for missing mother Samantha Hayes and her son, five-year-old Liam, who have been missing since Friday evening (2 October). The pair were seen at 5.20pm on Friday outside an address in Rusholme, southern Manchester.

Police have said the mother and son were then believed to have taken a taxi to Gorton at 7.20pm. They were last seen getting out at an address near to the Tesco superstore on Hyde Road.

Liam is described as having mousey coloured hair. He was last seen wearing a navy blue waterproof coat, grey school trousers, a pale blue T-shirt, and blue sweatshirt. He was also wearing a pair of glasses with Avengers on the side. Samantha is described as having long dark hair with purple tips and could possibly be wearing a blue puffer-style jacket.

Detective Chief Inspector Dave Pester from GMP's south Manchester division said: "We are making numerous enquiries to trace Samantha and Liam and just want to know that they are both safe. I would like to stress to Samantha that she is not in any kind of trouble, but we just want her to get in touch so we know she and Liam are ok."

Concerned members of the public and those who know Ms Hayes have posted on Facebook hoping for their safe return. One individual wrote: "Please get in touch with someone to let us know your safe because I'm worried about you and lj xx".

Anyone with any information is asked to contact police at Longsight police station on 0161 856 6078 or call 101.