Missing Persons

Hopes Dashed As Man Who Claimed To Be Missing Toddler Ben Needham Is Ruled Out

Huffington Post UK | Sara C Nelson | Posted 18.05.2015 | UK

A man who reportedly claimed to be a British toddler who went missing on a Greek island 24 years ago has been ruled out of police enquiries. Ben N...

Missing 12-Year-Old Girl 'May Have Run Off With Older Man'

PA | Posted 21.03.2015 | UK

Police believe a missing 12-year-old girl may have run off with an older man. Jasmine Coleman disappeared from her home in Lancing, West Sussex, in...

Claudia Lawrence Detectives Release New Footage

PA | Posted 19.03.2015 | UK

Police have released previously unseen CCTV footage of two people walking near missing chef Claudia Lawrence's home on the evening of her disappearanc...

Search Re-Opens For Missing Student Who Disappeared In Crete 10 Years Ago

The Huffington Post UK | Ryan Barrell | Posted 25.03.2015 | UK Universities & Education

The family of Steve Cook has been given new hope after his missing persons case was re-opened, nearly 10 years after he was last seen in Crete. The...

House Searched In Hunt For Missing Becky Watts

PA | Posted 01.03.2015 | UK

Police have been extensively searching an address near the home of missing 16-year-old Rebecca Watts. Dressed in white protective jumpsuits and blu...

Two Arrested In Connection With Missing Teen

PA | Posted 28.02.2015 | UK

Two people have been arrested in connection with the disappearance of 16-year-old Becky Watts. Avon and Somerset Police Detective Superintendent Li...

Police Launch Huge Search For Missing Durham Student

The Huffington Post UK | Laura Heffernan | Posted 19.01.2015 | UK Universities & Education

Police searching for a Durham University student who went missing after a night out have now widened their efforts to the banks of the River Wear as c...

Students Join Search For Missing Teenager Euan Coulthard

PA | Posted 17.01.2015 | UK Universities & Education

Scores of university students have joined water rescue professionals as the search for teenager Euan Coulthard stretches into its third day. Police...

Ashya King's Grandmother Attacks Police Tactics

PA | Posted 01.09.2014 | UK

The grandmother of a five-year-old brain cancer patient whose parents took him out of hospital without doctors' consent has blasted police for arresti...

Missing Seriously Ill Ashya King Found

Huffington Post UK | Louise Ridley | Posted 30.08.2014 | UK

Missing five-year-old Ashya King, who was taken by his parents from Southampton General Hospital without doctors' consent, has been found in Spain, Ha...

Arrest Warrant Issued In Hunt For Missing Ashya King

Huffington Post UK | Louise Ridley | Posted 30.08.2014 | UK

A European arrest warrant has been issued for the parents of a five-year-old British boy with a brain tumour who was removed from hospital against med...

Ashya King Could Be In Spain, Police Say, As 'Desperate' Search Continues

The Huffington Post UK/PA | Posted 30.08.2014 | UK

A missing five-year-old boy with a brain tumour who was taken from hospital by his parents against doctors' advice may be in Spain, police have said. ...

Battery On Ashya King's Feeding System Likely To Have Expired

PA/Huffington Post UK | Posted 29.08.2014 | UK

The battery on the feeding system of a five-year-old boy with a brain tumour who was taken from hospital by his parents without consent is "now likely...

Brain Tumour Boy's 'Life At Stake'

The Huffington Post UK/PA | Posted 02.09.2014 | UK

"Time is running out" for a five-year-old boy with a brain tumour who was taken without consent from hospital by his parents as the battery on his fee...

Student Goes Missing After Fearing He'd Fail His Exams

The Huffington Post UK | Ben Jackson | Posted 08.08.2014 | UK Universities & Education

LATEST: Samuel was found "safe and well" on Thursday, according to Surrey Police. A student who feared he had failed his finals has been missing fo...

Nottingham Student Found Safe And Well In Manchester After Missing For SIX Days

Miriam Brown | Posted 31.07.2014 | UK Universities & Education

Nottingham student Tom Nixon who went missing on Thursday 24 July has been found safe and well in Manchester, following a nationwide hunt for him. ...

Fears Grow For Missing Nottingham University Student

The Huffington Post UK | Lucy Sherriff | Posted 30.07.2014 | UK Universities & Education

Fears are growing for the safety of a 20-year-old university student who went missing almost a week ago and who hasn't been heard from since. Tom N...

Peterborough Man Suffering From Amnesia Identified

The Huffington Post UK/PA | Posted 14.07.2014 | UK

An amnesia sufferer who had been unable to remember his own name after being found in a park has been identified following an appeal by doctors. Me...

Missing Student's Body Found Hours After Father's Emotional Plea

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 02.07.2014 | UK Universities & Education

The body of a teenager who went missing shortly after expressing concerns about failing her A-levels has been found in the woods close to her home, it...

Murdered Israeli Teens Given Joint Funeral As Airstrikes Against Gaza Continue

The Huffington Post UK | Paul Vale | Posted 02.07.2014 | UK

Israel has held a joint funeral for the three slain teenagers kidnapped earlier this month, whose bodies were discovered in a field close to Hebron by...

Police Confirm Body Found In Malaysia Is Missing Brit

The Huffington Post UK/PA | Posted 07.06.2014 | UK

The family of British backpacker Gareth Huntley, who was found dead in the Malaysian jungle, said "no words can describe the void he will leave" and t...

'Body Found' In Search For Briton Missing In Malaysia

The Huffington Post UK/PA | Posted 04.06.2014 | UK

Police searching for missing British backpacker Gareth Huntley in the Malaysian jungle have found a body, the Foreign Office said. The 34-year-old ...

Fears Grow For Missing Brit

PA | Posted 01.06.2014 | UK

"All available search assets" are being used to find Briton Gareth Huntley, who is missing in the Malaysian jungle, Defence Secretary Philip Hammond h...

Family Issue Desperate Appeal As Londoner Goes Missing In Malaysia Jungle

The Huffington Post UK/PA | Posted 31.05.2014 | UK

The mother of a British man who has gone missing in the Malaysian jungle has called on the authorities to do more to search for him. Gareth Huntley...

Can We Be 'Too' Over-Protective of Our Children?

Jacqui Hames | Posted 22.07.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Jacqui Hames

The reality is that children do go missing - in fact 140,000 children and young people go missing in the UK every year, and in 2011-12, 273 child abductions by strangers were reported to police. Thankfully three quarters of those were attempted abductions and the chance of a small child being grabbed in the vicinity of their home or parents, is still incredibly rare.