Ickleford father appeals to missing son to come home

A distraught father this week appealed for his missing son to return home or contact him. Widower John Pateman, 56, of Turnpike Lane, Ickleford, was talking exclusively to the Comet almost two weeks after his son Kristian, 16, mysteriously vanished. The t

A distraught father this week appealed for his missing son to return home or contact him.

Widower John Pateman, 56, of Turnpike Lane, Ickleford, was talking exclusively to the Comet almost two weeks after his son Kristian, 16, mysteriously vanished.

The teenager had returned to Ickleford from his usual home in Willingham, Cambridgeshire, to attend a party a week ago last Friday.

But after seeing his father the following day he walked out with his brother Sebastian, 18, and hasn't been seen since. Sebastian returned home three days later but has told his father and police he does not know where Kristian is.


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"I have sent him texts and rang him but this silence is terrible. My message to him if he reads this is just please, please Kristian call me or your auntie Sheila. We are very worried for your safety," said Mr Pateman.

"The last time I saw him was on the Saturday morning when he gathered up his gear in an overnight bag and left with Sebastian who later came home.

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"Kristian had only about �100 with him but other than one possible sighting of him in Arlesey New Road last week there has been nothing.

"I have sent him texts to say I love him and he has nothing to fear. He has done nothing wrong and the longer he doesn't get in touch the more I fear for his safety."

Aunt Sheila Jarvis, 51, of Rockmill End, Willingham, Cambridgeshire, who has cared for Kristian since he was four and a half years old, said: "I hope he is safe. I am frantic with worry.

"He is a good boy and recently started a college roofing course which he was enjoying.

"I keep trying his mobile but there is no answer. I think about him all the time. I just wish he would call me to say he is safe and well and is coming home."

Pc Andy Gorrell, who is investigating Kristian's disappearance, said: "We continue our search for Kristian and have put up posters in the local area in order to help trace him, as part of the investigation.

"He's been missing for a week and a half now and his family are becoming increasingly concerned and I would urge anyone who believes they may have seen Kristian to contact police as soon as possible via the non-emergency number 0845 3300222.

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