Desperate family members and police are appealing for help after a vulnerable 12-year-old boy went missing today (Weds).
Joshua Bourne, who has autism, ADHD, speech, language and learning difficulties, was last seen at shortly after 11.30am when he ran off the school bus.
Joshua, who lives in Highworth, Swindon., Wilts, is described as fair-haired, wearing glasses, black trousers, and a navy blue polo shirt with the school logo on.
He has a bruise on his left upper arm and his father Aron Bourne said he was increasingly concerned for his son’s well-being.
He said: “I’m really worried, I’m shaking, I feel sick, I can’t concentrate. He has gone missing before but never for this long.
“Family and friends are out, it’s being shared all over Facebook, instagram, we just want him home safe and sound.”
His school Crowdy’s Hill headteacher Mags Clarke said Joshua was boarding the school bus for his trip home when he unexpectedly ran off.
“He wasn’t agitated this morning. He enjoys going on the school bus because he enjoys the routine.
“Then Joshua literally just ran off the bus. Two members of staff ran after him but they couldnt catch him.
“He has absconded from home before and been found at Asda so I immediately drove down there but couldn’t see any sign of him.
“We also called the police and his father. We all hope that he is found safe and well soon.”
Wiltshire Police are assisting in the search for Joshua.
A Wiltshire Police spokesman said:
“Following a search by the school and Joshua’s parents, our officers are making enquiries to help find Joshua.
“If anyone sees him or a child matching his description please contact Wiltshire Police on 101.”
If you spot Joshua Bourne you can also call dad Aron on 07401 962 093.