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Andrew Gosden’s dad plagued by ‘nasty scenarios’ after two men arrested over kidnap and trafficking


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The family of Andrew Gosden have spoken out about the ‘nasty scenarios’ playing on their minds following the arrest of two men over the 14-year-old’s disappearance 15 years ago.

South Yorkshire Police (SYP) have today (Tuesday) confirmed that two men aged 45 and 38 have been arrested on suspicion of kidnap and human trafficking. The older of the two men has also been questioned over the possession of indecent images of children.

SYP made the arrests with the help of the Metropolitan Police on Wednesday, December 8, 2021. Both men, who are from London, have now been released under investigation.

For the latest updates on the Andrew Gosden case, click here

Andrew left his home in Littlemoor Lane in Balby, Doncaster, took out £200 from the bank and got a one-way ticket to London on the day that he went missing. The last known sighting of him was at King’s Cross Station.

Andrew’s father Kevin Gosde n said that since being informed about the nature of the arrests “nasty scenarios start to play in your head” but stressed that he and the family were trying their best to remain grounded while the police continue their investigation.

Kevin said that he and the family were informed by South Yorkshire Police on the day that the arrests were carried out in December but that they still knew little else about the details.

Andrew Gosden, who vanished from his home in Doncaster, in 2007
Andrew Gosden, who vanished from his home in Doncaster, in 2007

He said: “While we were aware about a month ago we only knew the sketchiest part of the details.”

He said that he had been informed yesterday (Monday) that police would be publishing a statement about the arrests of the two men.

However, he said that he hadn’t been provided with much more information than has been provided to the public today and didn’t want to comment on the investigation or speculate too much into what was happening.

He said: “My wife and I were discussing it last night and we just genuinely don’t know what’s involved with the investigation or behind the scenes. I’ve no idea how they came to these guys.

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

“The police are giving us the basics of what’s going on but I certainly would not want to make any presumptions of what’s at the bottom of it.

“But that’s quite right while they are carrying on their investigations. It would not be appropriate if they were giving us all the details.”

He said that he was concentrating on not being “overwhelmed” by the news and allowing the police to continue their work.

Kevin said: “It’s more about what goes on in your head. Without knowing the details it’s very difficult to say anything that’s factual about it.

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“Obviously some fairly nasty scenarios start to play in your head but we put that to one side because it’s still under investigation and worrying doesn’t get you anywhere.

“We will face it if we have to.”

Along with the update about the arrests today, senior investigating officer, Detective Inspector Andy Knowles said: “Our priority at this time is supporting Andrew’s family while we work through this new line of enquiry in the investigation. We are in close contact with them and they ask that their privacy is respected as our investigation continues.

“We have made numerous appeals over the years to find out where Andrew is and what happened to him when he disappeared. I would encourage anyone with any information they have not yet reported to come forward.”

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Written by: Rother Radio News

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