Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

PLEASE COME HOME; Family's Emotional Plea to Missing 14-Year-Old Autistic Boy Anthony: WE ARE SO WORRIED, SON

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

PLEASE COME HOME; Family's Emotional Plea to Missing 14-Year-Old Autistic Boy Anthony: WE ARE SO WORRIED, SON

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Byline: ANDREW PAIN

andrew.pain@eveninggazette.co.uk AN ANGUISHED couple today made an emotional "come home" plea to their vulnerable teenage son who disappeared five days ago.

Autistic 14-year-old Anthony Rennard was last seen by parents Sylvia and David at their Skelton Green home on Monday between 10am-11am. Today, his emotional mum pleaded: "Come home son. We are so worried about you. We love you to pieces." Days before his disappearance, Anthony had tried to run away. His parents grounded him but on Monday the teenager let himself out of his bedroom window. The couple say Anthony's condition makes him oblivious to danger.

"As old as he looks he still only has the mind of a nine or 10-year-old," said Sylvia, 35. "He is vulnerable. He senses no danger and he won't even understand the concept of his mum and dad being so worried." Anthony, of Newlands Road, was wearing a blackHenley tracksuit and took with him his pet Alsatian, Tyson. The teen also took his mobile phone. His family and police have rung the number repeatedly. Sometimes it is answered before being hung up.On other occasions it is switched off. Police believe the youngster is still in the area. Meanwhile his family, including big sister Adelle, 17, have been out putting up posters in the areas Anthony knowswell including South Bank, Grangetown, Whale Hill in Eston and Middlesbrough. Dad David, 47, said: "We can't sleep. We are waiting for the phone to ring or a knock on the door.

I'm walking the streets or Sylvia is driving around in the car. We are all on tenterhooks." Anthony is a pupil at Beverley School in Middlesbrough where he studies mechanics. He was excluded from St Peter's Primary School in South Bank aged eight because teachers could not cope with his behaviour. He was later diagnosed with autism. The story of howhis parents fought for him to return to full-time education - which they won last year when he started at Beverley School - was highlighted in the Gazette. …

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