Missing boy, 11, found after huge police search

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A BOY aged 11 sparked a major police search after going missing while his parents thought he was in bed.

Ben Nicholls, of Elloughton, near Hull, was last seen shortly before going to bed at 9pm on Tuesday and was only found to be missing when his mother went into his bedroom at 7.15am yesterday.

Ben, who likes to be alone because of health problems, was spotted walking in woodland in Elloughton Dale by a thermal imaging camera in a police helicopter just after 10am. He tried to hide but was quickly met by officers on the ground.

The Humberside Police mounted section, dog section, specialist search officers and incident response unit all took part in the search.

Insp Kirsty Tock said: “We are delighted to have found Ben and he is now back safely with his family. As soon as Ben was reported missing, I recognised how important it was to get as many people searching for him as possible. I assigned our mounted section, dog section, the police helicopter, along with a vast amount of officers on the ground to search fields, wooded areas outbuildings and public transport around his home.

“It must be every parent’s worst nightmare to discover your child missing. I am pleased within two hours of his disappearance being reported to he police, he was found safe and well.”