Ragazzo, 14, che è scomparso dalla sua casa di famiglia in Cumbria due giorni fa potrebbe tentare di raggiungere le Alpi dopo aver lottato con la salute mentale durante il blocco, his parents say
Parents of a missing 14-year-old boy say he may be trying to reach the Alps after struggling with hit mental health during confinamento.
Leven Sopwith-Nicholson disappeared from his home in Ulverston, Cumbria, after going to bed on Saturday night and there are concerns for his welfare.
His mother Fiona Sopwith said she has been worried about Leven for ‘quite a long time’ because his mental health was ‘very bad during the lockdown’.
While his father Toby Nicholson said he might be travelling to the Alps and thinks his son ‘has been secretly planning this for a while’.
Leven Sopwith-Nicholson, 14, disappeared from his home in Ulverston, Cumbria, after going to bed on Saturday night and there are concerns for his welfare
The teenager has been described as 5ft 8in, of slim build, with ginger curly hair.
He was wearing a green hoody, blue jeans and blue Asics trainers with an orange trim, ha detto la polizia, and is believed to have taken an Osprey bag with him that included a green Vango banshee funnel tent.
Cumbria Police believe he may have intended to go wild camping.
Mrs Sopwith said Leven went missing after the family attended the Ulverston Lantern Festival on Saturday and watched the fireworks display together.
She said Leven left the festival early, at about 9.30pm or 10pm, which ‘wasn’t unusual for him because he likes an early night’.
Leven’s mother Fiona Sopwith said she has been worried about her son for ‘quite a long time’ because his mental health was ‘very bad during the lockdown’
But when the rest of the family returned home after leaving the festival at 11pm, they found his room empty and his rucksack was gone.
‘At first I thought he’d be warm and dry and knows the (Northern) Fells but I couldn’t understand why he had left so late at night,’ Mrs Sopwith told The Mail.
‘I think he knew if he had asked us to go, we would have said “no” so decided to go and have an adventure.’
‘We don’t know where he could be. He talked about going to the Alps and learning new languages, doing meditation, and playing music there but he didn’t take his passport.’
Mrs Sopwith described her son as ‘a keen walker and adventurer’ who ‘loves the outdoors’.
But she said his mental health suffered in lockdown and he ‘doesn’t feel like he fits in with other typical 14-year-olds’.
‘I think he feels he needs a new life because he feels so misunderstood by friends, family and teachers’, lei ha aggiunto.
‘We think he planned to do this. He left his diary to be found which talks of a plan to go away to the Alps but doesn’t give specifics.’
Mr Nicholson today told BBC Radio Cumbria: ‘We think he has been secretly planning this for a while.
‘He has an ambition to go to the Alps and unfortunately we have no idea what route he wants to take or where he is now.’
Mrs Sopwith described her son as ‘a keen walker and adventurer’ who ‘loves the outdoors’. But she said his mental health suffered in lockdown and he ‘doesn’t feel like he fits in with other typical 14-year-olds’
Mrs Sopwith said she feels ‘completely helpless’ and described the situation as ‘a mother’s worst nightmare’.
A post on a Facebook group set up to help find Leven said there have been ‘possible’ sightings of the 14-year-old but nothing confirmed.
An admin on the group said they spoke to a family liaison officer today who said any ‘100% sightings’ of Leven need to be called into 999.
A spokesman for Cumbria Police said: ‘Leven was last seen 25th September, and police are concerned for his welfare.
‘He is described as 5ft 8 inches in height of slim build with ginger curly hair.
‘He was wearing a green hoody, blue jeans and blue Asics trainers with orange trim and possibly wearing a blue Mountain Warehouse waterproof jacket.
‘He has taken a blue bag with him that included a green Vango Banshee funnel tent; he may have intended to go wild camping.
‘Anyone with information on his whereabouts is asked to contact police on 101.
‘Police would also ask Leven, if he sees this appeal, to contact police on the same number to let them know he is safe and well.’