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UPDATE: Missing mother and son found after Police appeal

By Rich_Booth  |  Posted: December 05, 2012

Neon, who needs urgent medical care following brain tumour surgery, went missing from Tiverton on Monday

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The 7-year-old boy who went missing with his mother yesterday has been found safe and well in Sussex.

Devon and Cornwall Police released this statement:

"Following extensive Press Coverage on 5th and 6th December 2012, the high risk missing person, 7 year old, Neon ROBERTS has been located safe and well by Police Officers in Sussex. Emergency protection care has been put in place and Neon’s welfare will be considered in the High Court.

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Devon and Cornwall Police would like to thank the public, the media and Police colleagues in Sussex for their assistance in securing Neon’s safe recovery.”


Police are appealing for the public’s help to trace a mother and son who have gone missing from North Devon.

Police are appealing for the public’s help to trace a mother and son who went missing from Tiverton on Monday, 3rd December.

Neon Luca Roberts, 7, has recently undergone surgery for a brain tumour and doctors treating him have said he is now in need of urgent medical attention.

It is believed Neon’s mother is opposed to further treatment to Neon and has disappeared with him as a result.

Their whereabouts is currently unknown, but police are asking any members of the public who may have seen them or know their whereabouts to come forward.

They are believed to have been sighted in the Sussex/Kent earlier this afternoon, Wednesday, 5th December, 2012, but there current whereabouts is unknown.

Neon's identity has been revealed by High Court judge Mrs Justice Hogg who relaxed reporting restrictions after becoming ‘deeply concerned for his welfare.'

Assistant Chief Constable Chris Boarland said: “Neon is seriously ill and we have huge concern for his welfare.

“He is currently subject to a Family Court order and I would ask his mother to think about her son’s welfare and contact police and medical services as soon as possible.

“Neon needs urgent medical attention and his well being along with his mother is our prime concern.

“If any member of the public has seen Neon and Sally or knows their whereabouts they should contact police as a matter of urgency on 0800 0560154.

You can also follow DC_Police on Twitter and the hashtag #FindNeon

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