Missing Membury boy could be in Greece


A CHARITY has received information that missing Membury boy Arthur Heeler-Frood may be in Greece.

Arthur, a 15-year-old Colyton Grammar School student, has been missing from his home in Membury, near Axminster, since Tuesday, September 6th.

Greek missing children’s charity ‘The Smile of The Child’ reported last week that it had received information from Missing People, its partner organisation in the UK, saying that Arthur was believed to possibly be in Greece.

Police have not confirmed this and said they have not received any information themselves to suggest Arthur is in Greece, but enquiries are ongoing.

It was previously reported that Arthur took £350 of his savings when he ran away and left home with no passport, no phone and no bank card.

Police have previously suggested Arthur could have left home to follow in the footsteps of his older brother who was travelling in Europe gaining casual work to pay for his trip. They also said that Arthur “held his brother in high regard”.

Speaking earlier this month, Superintendent Sam de Reya commented: “This is a really unusual case for us, for someone to choose to go missing at 15 and have put some planning in place.

“All the investigations involved so far is that he hasn’t accessed any bank accounts, he doesn’t have his phone and his passport is at home.

“We are keeping all options open at the minute. We do know his brother travelled Europe gaining casual work to help pay for his travels and we do know he holds his brother in high regard.”

Arthur was last seen leaving his some in the early morning of September 6th, when it was thought he was planning to cycle to Colyton Grammar School. However, he never arrived at school and his bike was later found in Axminster.

He is five foot, five inches tall, of slight build with short brown hair. It is thought he would have changed into casual clothes – possibly blue jeans, a black hoodie and two-tone beige and black Element jacket, and he was carrying a black rucksack. It is also thought he may have cropped or shaved his hair.

Anyone with information on his whereabouts should contact police on 101 or the dedicated phone line 0800 096 1233.

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Lyme Regis editor & Colyton reporter | Francesca gained a First Class Honours degree in journalism and her NCTJ qualifications at Southampton Solent University before joining the paper full-time in 2011. She is now editor of the Lyme Regis edition, as well as a sub-editor on the East Devon and South Somerset editions, and reporter for Colyton.


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