A former Brighton College student has gone missing in the Australian outback.

Sam Woodhead, 18, from Richmond, south-west London, went for a run on Tuesday from the Queensland cattle ranch where he had been staying and did not return.

Police said they feared for his safety as daytime temperatures soared to almost 40C.

A huge land and air search has been launched but there has been no trace of the teenager, described as a keen runner and fitness fanatic.

The alarm was raised on Wednesday morning (February 13) when Mr Woodhead failed to return to the ranch during the night.

Mr Woodhead is a former student of Brighton College and was experiencing the outback as part of an Australian adventure.

He was staying at Upshot Station, a cattle ranch near the remote outback town of Longreach, a community which Prince Charles and Camilla visited briefly late last year.

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