Community of Bourne rallies to find missing nine-year-old boy

Police are thanking members of the public in Bourne who helped find a missing nine-year-old boy. Photo: David Dawson
Police are thanking members of the public in Bourne who helped find a missing nine-year-old boy. Photo: David Dawson
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Hundreds of people took to the streets on Saturday night to search for a missing nine-year-old boy.

The boy, who was attending a barbecue with his family at a house in Aveland Close, went missing at about 8pm.

When the alarmed was raised a mass appeal went out on social media websites, including Facebook and Twitter, to help search for the missing boy, who has autism and comes from Peterborough.

Hundreds responded to join police in searching the area.

Police called in officers with sniffer dogs to aid the search and a helicopter was due to be deployed when the youngster was found in Bourne Wood at about 11pm.

Insp Mike Burnett, area policing inspector for Bourne, said: “There were several families attending a barbecue at an address in Bourne and our concerns were raised when the boy went missing from the address.

“Various members of the public helped with a search and we eventually found him in Bourne Wood.

“We really want to thank the public for their help and assistance in making sure the boy was alright.”