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Manchester: Agony of the mum who can't search streets for missing teenage son because of lockdown

Khalid was last spotted in Piccadilly Gardens on Monday, March 2 Credit: MEN Media

The mother of a missing teenage boy has been trawling the streets looking for her son - but says lockdown has meant she can no longer search.

Khalid Olanrewaju, 16, was last spotted in Piccadilly Gardens on Monday, March 2.

He had been due to head to his home in Moston after a church service on Saturday, February 29, but never returned.

As Easter approaches, Khalid’s family are preparing to face another date in the calendar without him.

And his mum, Taiwo says searching for her son has become even harder with the country in the grip of a lockdown due to the coronavirus outbreak.

I have been out looking for him and a few of the church members have too,” she says.

“We went to Piccadilly a few times and have been showing pictures of him to some people in Piccadilly Gardens but they have not seen him.

“That was before it was all locked down.”

– Taiwo Olanrewaju, Khalid's mum

Khalid was not at home for Mother’s Day and spent his 16th birthday away from home.

His mum says those days proved particularly difficult without him.

“It’s so hard, I don’t want to think about it,” the mum of five says.

Khalid was due to return to his home in Moston after attending a service with his sister at a church near Moston Lane.

He walked out of the door following the service, on Saturday February 29, but didn't tell his sister where he was going.

Khalid hasn't returned to his home in Moston after attending church on on February 29. Credit: MEN Media

There has since been one sighting of Khalid, in Piccadilly Gardens, on Monday March 2.

Taiwo says everything was 'normal' on the day of his disappearance and she initially thought Khalid may have been staying at a friend's house when he failed to turn up at home.

Taiwo doesn’t know why he would have been seen at Piccadilly Gardens.

“He likes to go out to see friends but I don’t know to be honest,” she says.

Police have also told the family that a friend of Khalid’s received a Snapchat message from him last week.

His mum says: “I just hope that he’s okay.

“I’m so lost without him. I just want him back and to know that he’s safe.”

Before his disappearance Khalid was studying for his GCSE exams and had hopes to study A Levels at college.

He is a regular churchgoer and plays drums in the church choir. "He is a clever boy,” Taiwo says.

I just want him home, it’s weeks now since he left.

“Khalid has been a good boy. I just want him back home, I’m not angry at him.

“It doesn’t matter where he has been or what he has done, I miss him and I want him back home. The whole family does.”

– Taiwo Olanrewaju, Khalid's mum

Khalid is described as 5ft 11 inches tall, of medium build, black, with short afro hair.

He was last seen wearing green Adidas tracksuit bottoms, a green jacket and red and black Nike trainers.

Last week Greater Manchester Police said officers are becoming increasingly concerned for Khalid and want to make sure he is safe and well.

Anyone with any information about his whereabouts is asked to contact police on 0161 856 3921 quoting 1073 of March 2.