Mother allegedly abducts son after they fail to return from Spanish holiday
Tuesday 21st November 2017 @ 15:53 by Tom Greggan
News Oldham

Police searching for a missing boy from Oldham believe his mother may have abducted him after taking him on a pre-agreed holiday to Spain.

Alex Batty, 11, and his 37-year-old mother, Melanie Batty, flew to Malaga Airport on Saturday September 30th and stayed in the Benahavis area near Marbella.

Alex was due home on Sunday October 8th but never arrived and was reported missing. Police now think he may be in Spain or Morocco.

His mother, who does not have parental guardianship, is wanted in connection with his abduction and officers are trying to trace the pair, with help from the Spanish authorities.

Alex’s mother, 37-year-old Melanie Batty.

Enquiries have revealed that they may have tried to head to Melilla in Morocco from the Port of Malaga on October 8th. Alex hasn’t been seen since although the police do not believe he is as risk of harm. However, they’re concerned for his well-being and want to bring him home to his legal guardian.

Alex is white, around 5ft tall, slim with blonde hair and he speaks in a Northern accent.

Detective Inspector Lindsay Booth from Oldham’s Public Protection Division said: “Our main priority is finding Alex and bringing him home.

“His guardian is understandably extremely upset and although she heard from Alex on the 8 October, she has not heard from him since and is desperate to get him home.

“We have followed extensive enquiries and we know Melanie has visited Morocco a number of times before and we believe she could have travelled with Alex to there.

“Our last known location of Alex puts him near the Port of Malaga and boats run from there to Melilla in Morocco.

“I am appealing to anyone who recognises this young boy or Melanie, or has been in contact with them, to please get in touch with us.

“It might be that you were staying in the same resort as them, are friends from home and have heard from them through social media or texts, or that you might have some knowledge of their plans.

“I implore you, please get in touch with us or contact police if you are abroad.”

Anyone with any information should call police on 0161 856 8972  (+44 161 856 8972 if you are abroad) or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Top picture: 11-year-old Alex Batty, from Oldham, who police believe has been abducted by his mother.