Family makes emotional appeal for missing boy

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The mother of seven-year-old Daniel Entwistle, who has been missing for five days, is "going through hell", her family said yesterday.

The mother of seven-year-old Daniel Entwistle, who has been missing for five days, is "going through hell", her family said yesterday.

Three of the boy's relatives made an emotional plea for information to ensure his safe return at a press conference in Great Yar-mouth, Norfolk.

Daniel's father, David Entwistle, 41, said of his wife Paula, 30: "I have just got to be strong for Paula because she's not well at the moment and she's going through hell and I have got to be strong for her. It is unbelievable what's going on, it's heart-wrenching, nobody knows what's going on."Mr Entwistle added: "It's just the possibility he's still out there and still alive that's keeping us going. He's so special, it's unbelievable, he's my little boy."

Mr Entwistle made a direct plea to anyone who may have his son. He said: "If somebody is actually holding Daniel just send him back, if you want to take him to a local police station in the country please by any means do that."

A bicycle believed to belong to Daniel was found after his disappearance on Saturday afternoon by a wall next to a fast-flowing deep river. Mr Entwistle said his son could not swim.

Mr Entwistle said his son was not the type to run away or to go off with a stranger.

Extra detectives were brought in yesterday. Detective Superintendent Julian Gregory, leading the inquiry, said: "It's frustrating because we are all desperate to find him safe. But as time goes on then the chances do begin to fade."

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