A 10-year-old boy who had been missing for almost 24 hours returned home safe and well today.
Police had warned Jeremy Seeley’s mother to fear the worst after he disappeared from the family home in Westerham Close, Paulsgrove, yesterday morning.
But shortly after 10am today, he returned home safe and well, to the relief his mother Teresa Seeley, 40.
Jeremy, a pupil at Portsdown Primary School, had last been seen at 11.30am on Tuesday morning when he left his home with a holdall but without any money or mobile phone. Today it transpired that he had stayed overnight with a friend, whose mother believed he had permission to do so.
Teresa Seeley said today: ‘I’m just really relieved that he’s back safely.
‘I want to say a big thank you to everyone who was out looking for him and just tell everyone that he’s safe and well.’
Jeremy had left home with a hold-all and it was thought he could have been heading for the nearby chalk pits. His family and friends scoured the chalk pits area on Monday evening for any sign of the youngster, but could not search the caves because they are unsafe.
Police had planned a search of the chalk pit area today.