A MUM has made a desperate plea for her son to return home after police admitted they were concerned for his welfare.
Brandon Lee Moore has been missing since last Wednesday and while he has been in contact with his mum Dawn Cranney on a withheld number from a mobile phone, she has no idea where he is.
The 15-year-old, who used to go to Dyke House and Catcote schools as well as the town’s pupil referral unit, was spotted in Challoner Road on Sunday but is yet to return to the family home in Milbank Road.
Mum-of-three Dawn, 37, says she spoke to her son on the phone on Sunday, but has not heard from him since.
Dawn, a carer who lives with partner Wayne Moore, said: “He has been ringing from a with-held number, but I have no idea where he is because he won’t tell me.
“I’ve not spoken to him since Sunday, he called me at around 8.15am. I told him to come home, but he wouldn’t.
“I’m worried sick about him.
“I’ve pleaded with him to come home. He says he’s alright and he is trying to reassure me that everything is OK and not to worry about him, but I just want him home.
“It’s absolutely awful not knowing where your son is, or who he is staying with.
“I’ve never slept, it’s just a constant worry and I won’t rest until I get him home.”
Brandon is described as white, of stocky build and with cropped black hair, brown eyes and a tanned complexion.
He was last seen wearing a white shirt, black trousers and black Nike trainers.
He was also wearing a black North Face waterproof jacket.
Police issued an appeal on Monday evening for help in tracking him down as concerns grew for his welfare.
Officers have been carrying out regular checks at addresses where Brandon could be but have yet to locate him.
A Cleveland Police spokeswoman said: “Police are urgently appealing to trace a 15-year-old boy who is believed to be in the Hartlepool area.
“Police are concerned for Brandon’s welfare and would urge anyone with information on his whereabouts to contact Cleveland Police on the non-emergency number 101.”