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Orpington family issues desperate plea to find missing boy, 15

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Original article from Kent Live

The family of a child missing for almost a week has released a desperate plea to bring him home

James Cowling, a 15-year-old schoolboy from St Mary Cray, in Orpington, was seen leaving his school in Bromley, before disappearing on Thursday September 2.

He was last seen wearing a black V-neck jumper, a white shirt and black school trousers.

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His family has launched a social media campaign on both Facebook and Instagram to help track him down, as well as putting up posters in the local area. They say he may be in a vulnerable state

The Facebook page, which has been set up by James' aunt, Emma Smith, has provided constant updates on James' potential whereabouts, indicating that he has been seen in several towns around north west Kent and south east London.

Possible locations of sightings include Chislehurst, Petts Wood, Orpington, Bromley and Locksbottom, with his family believing he has been sleeping rough for several days.

James was last seen wearing a black V-neck sweater, a white shirt and black trousers.

Today, Emma has offered a reward for anyone who facilitates her being able to speak to James face-to-face in an impassioned plea, stating:

"I really am at a loss of what to do.

"James if you see this , it's Emma- whatever is going on, please let us help, it doesn't matter what it is, we will do whatever we can to get it sorted.

"I just want to check in on you, if you aren't ready to go home that's ok, but let me bring you some fresh clothes, food, drinks etc to you, let me find you somewhere safe to stay, I will do anything!

"I don't want to put any pressure on you to do something or go somewhere you don't want to, I just want to check you are ok and help."

Ms Smith also added a plea to anyone who may know of James' whereabouts:

"Please ask your children if they have seen James, is he staying with you? Have you seen him? If you see him, please pass on my message.

"If you want to remain anonymous I will keep your name out of it, all I want to do is help my nephew.

"Message me directly Emma Smith on Facebook, no-one else has to know who you are."

James has been reported as a missing person to the Metropolitan Police, and anyone with relevant information should also pass it on quoting the reference CAD7427 02092021.

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