Andrew Gosden, Wiki
Andrew Gosden, Biography
Who is Andrew Gosden ?
Detectives investigating the disappearance of a teenager who disappeared almost 15 years ago arrested two men on suspicion of kidnapping and human trafficking.
Andrew Gosden disappeared from Doncaster in September 2007 at the age of 14 and the mystery surrounding his disappearance has been one of the most prominent missing persons cases of the last 20 years.
The outstanding student was last seen on CCTV at King’s Cross in September 2007 around 11:20 a.m. on the same day, but the reason why he made his way to the capital and his whereabouts remain a mystery since then.
His father, Kevin, previously feared that a child sex ring was involved in Andrew’s abduction. But despite appeals on national radio and television, posters and email campaigns, he has not been seen since.
Now detectives have confirmed that they arrested two men in London, assisted by Metropolitan Police Officer, on Wednesday, December 8.
South Yorkshire police said a 45-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of kidnapping, human trafficking and possession of indecent images of children. And a 38-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of kidnapping and human trafficking. Both have now been released under investigation while investigations continue.
Andrew, now 28, disappeared on September 14, 2007, just four months after Madeleine McCann disappeared in May.
A statement issued on behalf of Andrew Gosden’s family on Twitter said: “It is a difficult time for Andrew’s family who currently do not know more than what is written in the article.”
“Police investigations will continue for quite some time and we respectfully ask for your support and consideration as this happens.”
Andrew left his home in the Balby area of Doncaster on September 14 and was seen heading down Littlemoor Lane, toward Westfield Park, around 8:30 a.m.
After his parents left for work, Andrew returned home and changed out of his school uniform for casual wear, which consisted of a black Slipknot T-shirt, black jeans, and a black bag.
About an hour later, he withdrew £ 200 from his bank account and boarded a London-bound train at at Doncaster station.
He was captured by CCTV at Kings Cross Station around 11:20 a.m. m. the same day. That was the last known sighting of Andrew, and since then police have not corroborated any information about his movements, despite, massive manhunt.
The contradictions in Andrew’s behaviour that day has led to conflicting theories about whether he had decided to run away, or if he was on a day trip that went horribly wrong.
One theory is that Andrew had arranged to meet a friend or attend a concert in the capital when something or someone happened to him, but no evidence of a plan has ever been uncovered.
A more sinister suggestion is that Andrew was groomed by someone who had arranged to meet him in London that day. But again, no evidence of any communication with anyone on his plans has ever come to light.
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 equiry 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 Gosden was 14 when he vanished without a trace in September 2007
- The schoolboy had skipped school and took a train from Doncaster to London
- Last seen on CCTV at King’s Cross at around 11.20am same day he disappeared
- Two men, 45 and 38, were arrested on suspicion of kidnap and human trafficking
- Both have now been released under investigation while enquiries continue