FEARS are growing for a Wigan student who has gone missing in Nottingham.
Tom Nixon was last seen at about 1am last Thursday in the Lenton area of the city where he attends university.
The Orrell 20-year-old has just finished the second year of his law degree but opted to stay in Nottingham over the summer.
Mr Nixon’s best friend Dinah Crompton today voiced real concerns for his welfare.
The pair met at Winstanley College and went on to attend the University of Nottingham together.
“I can’t even comprehend it, it feels so surreal,” she said.
“It is completely out of character. I’ve known him for four years, when I first heard about it I thought it was a joke.
“His housemate said he went to bed at 1am, he’d had a quiet night in and hadn’t been drinking, nothing was unusual and he was totally fine. His housemate woke up the next day and Tom had gone.”
Mr Nixon’s housemate became increasingly concerned as the day went on and sent a text to Dinah, who returned home for summer last month, asking if she had heard from him. Eventually the police were called and a desperate appeal has since been launched.
“We don’t know what time he left the house, it could have been in the night or the morning,” added Dinah.
“He’s a really fun-loving guy who is very popular back at home and at university. He’s really social, happy and is loved by so many people. We just hope he knows that and if he’s got a problem he can come back, we just want to know he’s safe.
“I just can’t comprehend that my best friend has gone missing, it doesn’t seem real. All I can say is that if anyone knows anything please come forward.”
Sgt Vanessa Wake of Nottingham Police said: “Tom is in his second year at university and is very kind, sociable and described by his parents as caring and thoughtful. He is really proud of his roots and is a family man so they are extremely distressed and worried for his welfare as it is completely out of character for him to have gone missing.”
He is white, about 6ft tall and has dark hair, which is possibly shaved. He also wears glasses. It is not known what he was wearing.
Anyone with any information to Mr Nixon’s whereabouts is asked to call 101.