Mother in appeal for unwell teenage son to return home


A mother has appealed for her unwell teenage son to come home after he ran away following a hospital visit.

Daniel Pena-Sanchez, 13, of Catford, south east London - who has a heart problem, hid in a bin then walked off.

Daniel's mum, Claudia Sanchez, said: "I am really worried about Daniel and his welfare. He is not very well at present and he won't be able to cope with the wet and cold weather for very long. He is very weak at present and needs help.

"If you see him, or you think you have seen a boy who looks like Daniel, please get in touch with police as soon as you can.

"Daniel is a clever, bright boy. He loves reading, he loves science and he often says he wants to be a doctor one day. We are a very close-knit family and he often buys me flowers and writes poems for me.

"Daniel, if you are reading this, please, please come home. We are all missing you."

He was last seen in the Denmark Hill area of Camberwell, south London at 10am on Tuesday. They had been to King's College Hospital.

Officers have confirmed from CCTV that he hid in a bin in De Crespigny Park and left two hours later, walking towards Camberwell.

He is white, of Spanish origin, with short dark hair, approximately 5ft tall and of slim build.

He was wearing dark blue jeans, a white short sleeved polo shirt with a blue pattern, a black leather jacket and black basketball style trainers with green Nike tick.

Detective Inspector Ian Hamilton, of Lewisham CID, said: "We are aware that Daniel is very weak and needs help. We are urging anyone with information to contact police as soon as possible."

Anyone with information is asked to call the police non-emergency line on 101 quoting reference 15MIS0031665.