'Missing' Membury teenager lived rough on city streets

PUBLISHED: 11:13 16 November 2016 | UPDATED: 13:27 22 November 2016

Arthur Heeler-Frood.

Arthur Heeler-Frood.

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Arthur Heeler-Frood, 15, tells how he spent the last 10 weeks exploring London, Manchester and Birmingham

Arthur Heeler-FroodArthur Heeler-Frood

Membury teenager Arthur Heeler–Frood, reunited with his family after going missing for nearly two months, spoke today (Wednesday, November 16) about his experience living on the streets.

He said: “I have spent the last 10 weeks exploring London, Birmingham and Manchester by foot, sleeping rough at night.

“I am very grateful to everyone who has helped my family in trying to ensure my safe return. I apologise to the police for the time they spent looking for me and for the worry I have caused family and friends.”

Arthur’s parents, Jeremy and Caroline Heller-Frood said: “We are overjoyed to have Arthur home with us again - tired, grubby and rather smelly but otherwise none the worse for his experiences. We feel extremely lucky that he is safe and sound.

Caroline and Jeremy Heeler-FroodCaroline and Jeremy Heeler-Frood

“Many thanks to Devon and Cornwall Police for their professionalism and their tireless search for Arthur. Thank you also to the media for their help in raising awareness of his disappearance and our deep gratitude to all our friends and family who have supported us through this difficult time.

“We now wish to spend some time in private with Arthur to settle him back home and to make some plans for his future.”

Arthur was found safe and well in Honiton yesterday (Tuesday, November 15).

A member of the public called police after seeing him on a train travelling from Exeter to Honiton.

He went missing after leaving his family home in Membury on the morning of Tuesday, September 6, and failed to turn up for classes at Colyton Grammar School.

Officers have thanked the member of the public who called in and also all those who assisted with the appeal to find Arthur over the last two months.

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