One of the mums of two boys, 12, who have been missing for almost three days has described having the “biggest sick feeling in the pit of my stomach” as the police search continues.
Aston and Joshua both went missing on Thursday (December 2) and the Metropolitan Police has launched urgent appeals for the public’s help to find them.
Anton’s mum Kerry Bridges, 35, has described her son as “quite vulnerable” and fears for his safety after spending three nights with no money and possibly no food.
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Kerry told MyLondon : “We just thought they were doing what they were doing on the first day and they’d be back in a few hours but I didn’t sleep the whole night.
(Image: Kerry Bridges)
“One night missing is bad enough but for a child to be missing for almost three nights is just awful.
“I just have the biggest sick feeling in the pit of my stomach but I am trying to act normal for my five and six year old. I am just trying to make out everything is okay when they ask, ‘mummy when’s Aston coming home?'”
Kerry has been in constant contact with Joshua’s mum, Natalie, since the boys disappeared through texts and phone calls.
“Natalie and I have been talking non-stop since they disappeared. We have had to form a bond because of the boys,” Kerry said.
(Image: Met Police)
Aston is from Twickenham and attends Teddington School, while Joshua is from Teddington and goes to Wimbledon College.
The best friends have only known each other for about a year, but sometimes see each for several days in a row.
On the day Aston went missing he told his mum he wanted to go on a bike ride, but due to his recent behaviour Kerry said he had to stay in.
“I last saw Aston at around 4.10pm on Thursday (December 2) he asked me if he could go for a bike ride I said no because of how he had been behaving recently.
“I was watching a film with my two youngest children and felt a draft down the hallway around 30 minutes later and I got up to see what was happening and the front door was open.
“I tried to call him and his phone was off and I rang Josh’s mum pretty much straightaway and asked if Josh had gone too and he had also left about 40 minutes before.”
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Officers from the Met have been trying to trace the boys through their mobile phones but Aston’s is now switched off and Joshua’s cant be traced as it is a pre-payment phone.
Police confirmed that a signal from Aston’s phone was last picked up in West Byfleet in Surrey where it is understood the pair have a friend.
Kerry, who also has a 17-year-old daughter and two boys aged five and six, said that he had struggled recently.
“He’s quite vulnerable recently, he’s travelling around in the dark, in the cold. I don’t know he’s charging his phone on trains or staying with someone, but I know he has no money so I don’t know if he has eaten for three days. It’s obviously freezing.”
When Aston was last seen he was wearing a pair of dark grey tracksuit bottoms, he had a zip-up jacket on, a long puffer jacket down to his knees with Ben Sherman in small white lettering on the breast, and black Nike Air Force One trainers .
It is not known what Joshua was wearing on the day he went missing.
It is understood that two friends have gone missing before but never for this length of time.
Kerry said her message to the boys is: “Please come home or make contact. Let us know you are safe and that we are worried about you.”
If you have information regarding Aston and Joshua’s whereabouts you can phone the police’s non emergency number 101, using Ref 21MIS03769