Two men arrested over kidnap of teenager who vanished 15 years ago

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Two men have been arrested over the kidnap and people trafficking of a teenager who went missing more than 15 years ago

Andrew Gosden, 14, went missing in Doncaster, South Yorkshire, in September 2007.

A 45-year-old man from London has been arrested on suspicion of kidnap, human trafficking and the possession of indecent images of children.

A 38-year-old man, also from London, has been arrested on suspicion of kidnap and human trafficking.

Andrew skipped school on September 14, 2007, withdrew £200 from his bank account and walked to Doncaster station and bought a £31.40 one way ticket to London.

The ticket seller later recalled she had told him a return ticket would cost him just 50p more but he insisted on a single.

On the train other passengers said he quietly played his game console while his school tried, and failed, to contact his parents to say he had not turned up for classes.

At 11:20am Andrew arrived at King's Cross station and was captured on CCTV leaving the main entrance of the station.

He was wearing black jeans and a black Slipknot T-shirt.

This was the last confirmed sighting of him.

His parents did not realise he was missing until later that afternoon when they contacted police.

Despite countless major public appeals and investigations, no confirmed sightings of the boy have ever been made.

His family has commissioned numerous searches, including a sonar scan of the River Thames, and numerous images showing he might look as he grew older have been released.

But South Yorkshire Police have now revealed that two men were arrested in London on December 8.

Both have now been released under investigation while enquiries continue.

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 enquiry 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.”

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