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Appeal for Salford teenager to come home for Christmas

Samantha Brown has made an emotional appeal for son Josh to come home Credit: Manchester Evening News

The mother of a Salford teenager who went missing four days ago has made an emotional appeal for help to find him - saying she just wants him home for Christmas.

Samantha Brown has not seen 15-year-old Josh since he left their home in Worsley on Thursday morning.

She said her son would normally say goodbye and ‘love you’ on his way out.

He when he left on Thursday, she said he seemed angry and snapped at her, telling her she didn’t need to know where he was going.

Josh later text Samantha.

At around 4pm, he messaged her a fake name and address, claiming he was staying with a ‘friend’.

Josh’s phone then went dead.

Samantha said she is too scared to leave the house in case her son returns.

“I want to be the first person he sees,” she said.

“I need to know he is safe.”

Samantha said there has been no sighting of her son since he disappeared, but she thinks one of his friends may know where he is.

She added: “No-one is in any trouble, but if someone knows where he is they need to tell someone.

“It is so important people share any information.

“A lot of people are worried about him and a lot of people are out searching for him.”

Speaking to the Manchester Evening News on Christmas Eve, Samantha appealed directly to her son to come home.

“I’ve got your presents here Josh,” she said.

“I just want to give you a big cuddle and know that you are safe.

“Please come home.”

Josh, who attends the University Technical College at MediaCityUK, moved to Salford from Hertfordshire in 2012 and still has ties to the area.

He also has links to Bolton and Glossop .

Joshua is white, around 5ft 10, with short mousey blonde hair.

He was last seen wearing a black jacket, black pants and black trainers and was carrying a bag with him.

15-year-old Josh has been missing from home since Thursday Credit: Manchester Evening News

Joshua has been missing now for over three days and his family is understandably incredibly worried about him.

It’s now Christmas Eve and Joshua’s mother is desperate to have him home safely.

Please take a good look at the picture and do what you can to help us reunite Joshua with his family.

– PC Caroline Kirkman, GMP’s Salford borough