A 9-year-old autistic boy went missing around 4.30pm this afternoon from a playground. He was visiting the playground in Victoria Park (off Dyers Park Road) with his family.

The boy is described as:

* Male Caucasian

* Medium build

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* Brown shortish hair

* Red t-shirt

* Khaki/light brown shorts

* Black sandals

The boy may answer to his name - Seamus.

Police would like to hear from anyone, particularly track walkers, who may have seen the missing boy in or around Victoria Park since 4.30pm. Ring Christchurch Police 03 363 7400.