Christ­mas can­celled for dev­as­tated mum

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - News - By STEPHEN BRIGGS stephen.briggs@jpress.co.uk

A DEV­AS­TATED mum has made an emo­tional plea for in­for­ma­tion about her miss­ing son af­ter ad­mit­ting the fam­ily “didn’t have a Christ­mas” with­out him.

San­dra Gut­teridge (60), of New­lands Road, Whit­tle­sey made the ap­peal af­ter see­ing CCTV footage of her son Paul Smith (37) filmed when he was in a Peter­bor­ough newsagents on Thurs­day evening.

The lat­est sight­ing of him was in the Cost­cut­ters Store, in Bel­size Av­enue, Wood­ston, and Mrs Gut­teridge has ap­pealed for Paul to get in touch.

She said: “Christ­mas did not hap­pen for us this year.

“We were out search­ing for him on Christ­mas Eve, Christ­mas Day and Box­ing Day. We still have a pile of his presents wait­ing for him to come home and open.

“I have been wait­ing by the phone for him to get in touch.

“It is so out of char­ac­ter for him to do some­thing like this. I want to tell him to get in touch with us or his brother in Peter­bor­ough, and we will go and pick him up.

“He left his phone, wal­let and lap­top in his flat in Welling­bor­ough, so we think he must be run­ning out of money.

“It is a re­lief to know he was still alive on Thurs­day but he is vul­ner­a­ble, and the CCTV shows he was cry­ing, so he is very dis­tressed.”

Man­ager of the Cost­cut­ters store, Sha­heen Khalid, who served Paul in the shop, said: “He used to be a reg­u­lar cus­tomer here, so I talked to him.

“He said he was up­set and had lost his job at Ikea ear­lier in the year.

“He came in the shop at 4.16pm and bought cig­a­rettes, beer, crisps and chew­ing gum.

“He was wear­ing a black jacket, jeans and train­ers and had a beard. “I didn’t know he was miss­ing un­til I saw it in the Evening Tele­graph.”

Mr Smith’s car was last seen parked out­side his home ad­dress in Brick­hill Mews, Welling­bor­ough, Northamp­ton­shire, where he moved to this year, on Christ­mas Eve.

He is white, ap­prox­i­mately 5ft 10ins tall, with blue-grey eyes and short dark brown re­ced­ing hair. He drives a sil­ver Citroen C4, reg­is­tra- tion num­ber CV06 DJE.

Any­one who thinks they may have seen Paul, or his car, is be­ing urged to call Northamp­ton­shire Po­lice on 03000 111 222 or 101.

dev­as­tated: San­dra Gut­teridge who is ap­peal­ing for her son Paul Smith to get back in touch.

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