A worker at Britain’s Hong Kong consulate has been detained for allegedly violating the law, the Chinese foreign ministry has said.

Simon Cheng Man-Kit has not been seen for 13 days after he failed to return to work after a business trip to Shenzhen in China earlier this month.

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Speaking before Chinese authorities confirmed they are holding the 28-year-old, the UK Foreign Office said it is extremely concerned about his case.

Unconfirmed reports suggest he was detained while returning to Hong Kong, where there have been mass anti-government protests.

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He was on his way back by train when he called his girlfriend, urging her to “pray for me”, and told her he was approaching the border when he lost contact, according to HK01.

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Mr Cheng Man-Kit is a trade and investment officer at the Scottish Development International section of the consulate.

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