Mum relieved to have Sheldon home
MUM Debbie Lee feared her son had been abducted by perverts when he went missing.A massive police search for 11-year-old Sheldon was called off when he turned up at a friend's house in Stowmarket on Sunday.
MUM Debbie Lee feared her son had been abducted by perverts when he went missing.
A massive police search for 11-year-old Sheldon was called off when he turned up at a friend's house in Stowmarket on Sunday.
Taxi driver Debbie had feared she would never see him again. She said: "I thought he had been nabbed.
"With what happened in Soham, you just think the worst and I was sure the same thing had happened to him.
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"I'm very, very relieved that there was a happy result in the end.
Sheldon left his Hill Rise home in Stowmarket on Saturday morning, he was due to return just a few hours later.
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The alarm was raised at 6.45pm and the Lee family started to panic when he failed to come home all night.
After returning home, Sheldon revealed he had been targeted by bullies in the area and was too afraid to come home after dark.
He failed to get a message to mum on Saturday and it was not until he thought to call her taxi company that his whereabouts was revealed.
Police then called off a search that had included a helicopter and the Suffolk Lowland Search and Rescue team.
Debbie said: "I was angry and happy at the same time, but I just cuddled him when he got home.
"We were all exhausted, we'd all been up searching for him all night, going back over the same tracks over and over again.
"I know the police were searching, but you can't just sit there and do nothing.
"I'm just happy to have him back safe and sound, that's the main thing.
"And now that we know about the bullying we can resolve it."
A shamefaced Sheldon said he would make sure he never went missing again.
He said: "I feel very upset because of what I did to my family. I'll never do it again."