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Major search at Stroud for missing trail bike riders

A MAJOR search is beginning at Stroud on Monday after three trail bike riders failed to return to the township by lunchtime on Sunday.

The trio, who police said were 21, 27 and 38, headed off for a ride in bushland about 9am on Sunday and were expected back around midday.

The three, one of whom has just moved to the area, were last seen at 9am on Sunday as they were setting off from Stroud for their trail bike ride.

Authorities were informed they were missing about 6pm, beginning a search involving Port Stephens police and the Westpac Rescue Helicopter Service.

Despite the overnight search, the men were not located.

Inspector Matthew Moroney, who is heading the search, said there were concerns one of the men may be injured.

“A ground search began around at 8am this morning,” he said.

“They are believed to be in the Simsville or Sagar Creek area.”

Pol Air, the police helicopter, is expected to join police and other organisations including the Karuah arm of the State Emergency Service.

A command post is operating at Stroud police station.

“There are serious concerns for the well-being because of the inclement weather and because they were due back at 1pm,” Inspector Moroney said.

“We do believe they have mobile phones with them, but no-one has been able to make contact with them.”

It is believed the three riders were equipped with off-road trail bike gear but had no supplies for a lengthy stint in the bush.

Anyone with information is urged to call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

Story courtesy of the Newcastle Herald www.theherald.com.au

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