British police search for missing Indian boy

August 1st, 2008 - 11:15 am ICT by IANS  

London, Aug 1 (IANS) A 13-year-old boy of Indian origin, who was left by his parents at a temple here last year and then taken into foster care, has run away from his foster home in search of his biological parents, police said. Parvinder Singh was dumped at a temple in Southall in June last year by his parents and has since been looked after by foster parents. However, the youngster ran away from home Sunday, saying in a note that he had gone to find his biological parents.

Ealing Times quoted Detective Inspector Alexandra Phipp of Bromley CID as saying Parvinder could have passed through Southall in a bid to find his parents. He had left home in similar circumstances last August.

“Last time he did this he said he had travelled through Southall with the New Baharat coach company, on his way to Birmingham. We think he may well have followed a similar route this time. The last confirmed sighting we have of him is in Croydon, so we think he might have done the same thing again,” Phipp said.

“He was left at a temple in Southall, and so he might have been there asking questions about his parents now that his English is better as he is clearly desperate to find them,” she added.

Police also think he may be being looked after by someone in the Sikh community, as when he was originally found they had taken him in and had taken him to Gravesend.

“He is a very appealing child and is very intelligent. We believe when he was found he was being looked after in the community, and we’re not ruling out that has happened again because he appears to be on his own. They might be thinking they are helping,” Phipp said.

Police believe Parvinder may have travelled back to Birmingham in the search for his parents and think he may know more about his family than he has told authorities.

“He left quite a sad note for his foster parents and from that it is clear he is very distressed about not being able to see his parents,” Phipp said.

The missing persons report describes Parvinder as Asian, around 4.8 feet tall, with black hair and a cow lick quiff, last seen wearing a blue T-shirt with a Nike tick on the front, blue jeans and black Nike trainers.

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