Family plea to missing star pupil

The father of a gifted teenager who vanished from his home a week ago has made a desperate appeal for him to get in touch.

Andrew Gosden, 14, disapp-eared on Friday of last week after failing to turn up at school in Doncaster. He took over 200 from his bank account and was seen heading to London on a train.

There have been various possible sightings of him in areas of the capital including Waterloo and Oxford Street.

Andrew, who is heading for a string of A* GCSEs, is on a Government programme to stretch the top five per cent of pupils.

His father, Kevin, 41, a speech and language therapist, of Balby, Doncaster, said he was baffled by his disappearance.

“He is very bright, quiet, polite and thoughtful lad. We can’t think of any reason why he would need to run away from something. It is completely inexplicable from that point of view.”

Andrew’s mother, Glenys, 43, and sister, Charlotte, 16, have been down in London trying to chase up the leads and sightings passed on by police.

Andrew, who is 5ft 3in, slim with straight brown hair, is believed to be wearing a black top, black jeans and trainers.

South Yorkshire Police appealed for help in tracing him. Anyone with information should call them on 0114 220 2020.