Concerns are growing for the welfare of a vulnerable 15-year-old boy who has been missing in London for 36 hours.
Benjamin Moorcroft, from Shrewsbury, was last seen by his family at around 8pm on Saturday in the Floral Street area of Covent Garden.
The teenager, who suffers from epilepsy, has a mental age of between five and 10 years old, making him “particularly vulnerable”, police said.
Benjamin had been staying in the Blackfriars area of the capital and had been at a restaurant with his family when he vanished.
Metropolitan police detective inspector William Hodgkinson said the teenager’s disappearance was “very out of character”.
He said: “He is alone in London, a place unfamiliar to him, and particularly vulnerable due to his epilepsy. Benjamin’s family and my officers are concerned for his wellbeing. Efforts to locate him are ongoing, but we need the public’s help.
“We would urge anyone who believes they may have seen Benjamin in central London, or further afield, since his disappearance on Saturday night to get in touch as soon as possible.”
Police said Benjamin was spotted on CCTV walking along the Strand near the Savoy hotel just after 4.35am on Sunday.
The teenager is described as white, around 1.7m (5ft 7in) tall, and of slim build with light brown hair. He was wearing a light-pink jumper, a red shirt, blue jeans and trainers.
Anyone with information on Benjamin’s whereabouts is urged to call police on 020-7321 7760 or 101, quoting 17MIS046199. Alternatively, they can call Missing People on 116000.