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Police investigating cold case of boy who took train to London and vanished arrest two men

Andrew Gosden skipped school and bought a one-way ticket to the city
Andrew Gosden was last seen leaving Kings Cross Station on September 14th 2007.

Andrew Gosden was last seen leaving Kings Cross Station on September 14th 2007.

Clodagh Meaney

Police in South Yorkshire, UK, have arrested two men in connection with a 2007 missing persons cold case.

Andrew Gosden (14) vanished from Doncaster on September 14th 2007 after he skipped school and bought a one way train ticket to London.

Despite numerous appeals made on TV and social media by his family over the years these are believed to be the first arrests made in the case.

Authorities arrested two men from London on Wednesday December 8th 2021.

A 45-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of kidnap, human trafficking and the possession of indecent images of children, and a 38-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of kidnap and human trafficking.

Police have also seized numerous devices belonging to the men, and said they could take 6 months to a year to analyse.

Both have since been released under investigation while enquiries continue.

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.”

Andrew’s father, Kevin Gosden said that while the family were made aware of the arrests when they occurred, they did not share the news as they did not wish to “prejudice the investigations being carried out in any way.”

Age progressed images released in 2019 show what the missing teen might look like at age 26

Age progressed images released in 2019 show what the missing teen might look like at age 26

“We understand that Police investigations will take several months to complete, so until that is the case, we do not know what to think and do not wish to speculate on any possible outcome,” he explained in a statement.

“We have carried the burden of not knowing for many years and recent potential developments represent a more intensified period of this emotional journey for us, so we hope that you understand how difficult this is.”

Andrew, who would be 28 now was last seen on CCTV footage at King’s Cross Station in London.

On the day of his disappearance, Andrew left for school as usual but instead of attending he visited an ATM to withdraw £200 from his bank account before returning home to change his clothes.

The teen then packed up his PSP game console and his money before going to the train station where he purchased a one-way ticket to London.

There have been no confirmed sightings of the boy since his disappearance.

Andrew’s motive for travelling to London that fateful day has never been established.


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