Detectives in Greenwich have released a CCTV image of missing 15 year old schoolboy Benjamin Endeley taken on a 161 bus on the evening of his disappearance last Wednesday 17 April.
He boarded the bus in Charlton Road, at 7.50 pm and got off at Woolwich Common at one minute past eight. The police say it appears from the images that he was in the company of two boys who currently being questioned by police.
Benjamin’s parents said they last saw him at his home in Plumstead on Wednesday morning 17 April at 7.30 am as he set off to school.
It has been established he attended school on the day and left at 3 pm. He caught a bus to Woolwich with a friend. They separated after getting off the bus when Benjamin, according to a friend, decided to buy biscuits from a shop in Plumstead Road. He was then seen running for the bus.
The Met Police say they and his family are “growing increasingly concerned for his safety and welfare.”
Benjamin is described as black, 5ft 5ins and slim with short hair. He was wearing a school uniform including a black blazer, black trousers, white shirt and red and black tie.
Police have confirmed that Benjamin does not have access to money and does not have a mobile phone. He does not appear to have a Facebook or Twitter account.
They believe that Benjamin often frequented ‘Sam’ chicken shop in Plumstead Road, Woolwich, where he possibly interacted with children from other schools, including pupils from Plumstead Manor School.
Detective Inspector James Harper, in charge of the investigation, said: “We are keen to hear from anyone who may help us retrace Benjamin’s movements on 17 April.
“Have you seen Benjamin? Did you see him on the day he went missing?”
The Standard newspaper has reported added appeals from Benjamin’s parents who don’t understand why they have not seen him after he had nipped out to buy some biscuits: “It is incredibly distressing. The night is the worst part. It is just so quiet and you start thinking.”
Anyone with information should call Plumstead Police Station, CID office on 020 8284 9445.