Thursday 22 August 2019

Police concerned for welfare boy (11) who didn't return from Spanish holiday with mother

Alex Batty
Alex Batty
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Police are concerned for the welfare of an 11-year-old boy who has not returned from a holiday to Spain with his mother.

Alex Batty, from Oldham, flew out on a pre-agreed trip with mother Melanie for a week-long stay in the Benahavis area near Marbella, but did not come back home as expected on Sunday October 8.

Inquiries have revealed they may have tried to sail on the same date from Malaga to Melilla on the Moroccan border.

Detectives investigating Alex's disappearance say they do not believe he is at risk of harm but they want to reunite him with his guardian.

The youngster is described as white, about 5ft, of slim build, with blond hair and speaks with a northern accent.

Ms Batty, 37, who police say does not currently have parental guardianship, is wanted in connection with his abduction.

Det Insp Lindsay Booth, from Greater Manchester Police, said: "Our main priority is finding Alex and bringing him home.

"His guardian is understandably extremely upset and although she heard from Alex on the 8 October, she has not heard from him since and is desperate to get him home.

Melanie Batty
Melanie Batty

"We have followed extensive inquiries and we know Melanie has visited Morocco a number of times before and we believe she could have travelled with Alex to there.

"Our last known location of Alex puts him near the Port of Malaga and boats run from there to Melilla in Morocco.

"I am appealing to anyone who recognises this young boy or Melanie, or has been in contact with them, to please get in touch with us.

"It might be that you were staying in the same resort as them, are friends from home and have heard from them through social media or texts, or that you might have some knowledge of their plans.

"I implore you, please get in touch with us or contact police if you are abroad."

Anyone with any information should call police on 0161 856 8972 (+44 161 856 8972 if abroad) or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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