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Andrew Gosden mystery – the A* Doncaster schoolboy who boarded a train and never came home


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It’s a mystery that has baffled police for 13 years.

On the morning of September 14 back in 2007 14-year-old Andrew Gosden didn’t go to school, instead he boarded a train to London, and was never seen again.

The teenager, from Doncaster, was last seen on CCTV footage leaving Kings Cross Station that morning and his devastated family are still asking for answers many years later.

Despite updated appeals and images drawn up of what he could look like now there have been no confirmed sightings of him since he left the station.

Now after the 13th anniversary of his disappearance we have a look back on what happened that day and what has happened since.

Last movements

This CCTV image from London Kings Cross is the last sighting of Andrew

On the morning of September 14 Andrew was seen at 8.30am heading down Littlemoor Lane in Balby, Doncaster, heading towards Westfield Park.

However, he did not go to school instead he returned home after his parents had gone to work and changed out of his uniform.

He went to a cash machine and emptied his bank account, taking around £200 with him.

Then, without leaving a note he went to Doncaster Train Station and bought a one-way ticket to London Kings Cross.

He arrived there at 11.20am and was seen on CCTV footage leaving the station. There have been no confirmed sightings since then.

Identifying features

Age progression photographs have been produced to try and anticipate what Andrew will look like now

At the time he went missing Andrew was 5ft 3in tall and was slim with light brown hair and brown eyes.

He was wearing a black Slipknot t-shirt and jeans.

His family say that he needs strong prescription glasses or contact lenses and he also has a distinctive double ridge on his right ear.

He is also deaf in his left ear and struggles to identify the location of sounds.

Family also said that he is highly intelligent and can work out complex calculations in his head.

Two images have been developed to show what Andrew could look like now as he would be in his late 20s.

A new age progression photograph was released in October 2019 to show Andrew without glasses on for the first time in a bid to help find him.

What police say

After the release of a new age progression photograph in October last year South Yorkshire Police officers leading the case issued another statement.

It focused on his identifying features in a bid to bring in some more reliable sightings of him.

The investigation to find Andrew is still open and his father Kevin also appealed on BBC Crimewatch to help raise more awareness after all of these years.

If anyone recognises someone with the identifying features mentioned or holds information about someone who matches the descriptions mentioned they should contact South Yorkshire Police on 101.

Quoting incident number 161 of September 13 2017 when you do so.

You can also speak to Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Written by: Rother Radio News

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