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UpdateAndrew Gosden: Two men arrested on suspicion of kidnapping and human trafficking in connection with disappearance of teenager who vanished from Doncaster in 2007


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Two men have been arrested in London over the 2007 disappearance of Doncaster teenager Andrew Gosden.

South Yorkshire Police and the Metropolitan Police jointly detained the two men on 8 December 2021 but the arrests have only just been made public.

A 45-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of kidnap, human trafficking and the possession of indecent images of children, and a 38-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of kidnap and human trafficking. Both have now been released under investigation while enquiries continue.

Andrew Gosden, who would be 28 now, disappeared in September 2007. The then 14-year-old boarded a train from Doncaster to London, with CCTV cameras capturing him when he arrived at Kings Cross Station. That was the last known sighting of Andrew, and since then no information about his movements have been corroborated by police.

At the time he lived with his parents and sister in the Balby area of Doncaster, and withdrew £200 from his bank account on a day when he was supposed to be in lessons at McAuley Catholic High School. He bought a one-way train ticket to the capital.

Senior investigating officer Detective Inspector Andy Knowles said: “Our priority at this time is supporting Andrew’s family while we work through this new line of enquiry in the investigation. We are in close contact with them and they ask that their privacy is respected as our investigation continues.

“We have made numerous appeals over the years to find out where Andrew is and what happened to him when he disappeared. I would encourage anyone with any information they have not yet reported to come forward.”


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Andrew Gosden: Police analysing devices seized from arrested men


Source: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-south-yorkshire-59964588

"Police are analysing "numerous" devices seized from two men arrested over the disappearance of a teenager in 2007.

Officers investigating Andrew Gosden's disappearance from Doncaster said they had been arrested on suspicion of kidnap and human trafficking.

Police said it could take "six to 12 months" to analyse the devices.

Andrew's father Kevin said the arrests over his son's disappearance, who was 14 at the time, had "intensified" an emotional time for the family.

The men, aged 38 and 45, were arrested in London on 8 December with the assistance of officers from the Metropolitan Police. It is believed they are the first arrests in the case.

The older man was also arrested on suspicion of possessing indecent images of children, South Yorkshire Police said.

In a statement Mr Gosden said: "We understand that police investigations will take several months to complete, so until that is the case, we do not know what to think and do not wish to speculate on any possible outcome."

He added: "We have carried the burden of not knowing for many years and recent potential developments represent a more intensified period of this emotional journey for us."

On the day of his disappearance on 14 September, 2007, Andrew skipped school and withdrew just under £200 from his bank account before buying a one-way ticket to London.

He was last seen on CCTV footage arriving at King's Cross Station and since then police have been unable to corroborate his movements.

Andrew's motive for travelling to London on the day he was last seen has never been established."

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