Family anguish over missing teenage son

DAD Kevin Gosden has altered missing son Andrew's bedroom in the family's Doncaster home for the first time since the teenager went missing two years ago.

Mr Gosden reckons the move is part of getting over a psychological barrier which has been in place since Andrew disappeared in September 2007 after heading off from home at Littlemoor Lane, Balby, to school.

He and wife Glenys have been campaigning to try to find their son ever since.

He said: "I just got to the point when I couldn't stand looking at it any more, and I think Glenys felt the same. The police took all Andrew's posters away to look for fingerprints about a year ago - unfortunately they didn't find any.

"It has never really been the same place since Andrew ran away, so it seemed easier for us to make the place look a bit different.

"I'm not sure whether it is psychological aversion to stop us having to think about him being missing, or if it us moving on a bit.

"We have done nothing in the house for two years because life has been on hold.

"If Andrew had been here it would have been him picking the colours, but I've just had to pick colours I thought he would like.

"Glenys and I were saying it is quite difficult to keep calling it 'Andrew's room' in a way. Should we call it the back room or the spare room?

"But it is still his room if he wants it, and he is far from forgotten."

Last night the campaign to find Andrew dished out 10,000 leaflets at the Muse concert at Sheffield Arena. Andrew, who was a pupil at McAuley School, was a fan of the band before his disappearance.

Andrew has not been seen since by parents Kevin and Glenys since they saw him off to school on September 14, 2007.

He was 14 when he disappeared after taking a train from Doncaster to London's King Cross. The last confirmed sighting of Andrew was at Kings Cross station by CCTV cameras on the day he vanished.

Police say they are still looking for Andrew. Anyone who has information about where he may be should contact Doncaster Police on 01302 385146 or call the Missing Helpline on 0500 700 700.

The charity Missing People has urged Andrew to get in touch with its confidential text service directly by texting 80234.

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