Boy, 17, abandoned by parents on the side of motorway and forced to walk a mile to call for help 

Boy, 17, was abandoned by his parents on the side of motorway at night and forced to walk a mile to call for help

  • The teenager had to walk along the darkest stretch of M11 in Cambridgeshire
  • He managed to reach an emergency SOS phone and call the police for help
  • Was temporarily placed in police protection while investigations continue 

A 17-year-old boy was abandoned by his parents on the side of a motorway at night and forced to walk a mile to call for help.

The teenager had to walk along the darkest stretch of the M11 in Cambridgeshire – an area that he did not know – to reach an emergency SOS phone, where he was able to ring the police for help.

Cambridgeshire Police said the boy was supported by officers from the Child Abuse Investigation and Safeguarding Unit and was temporarily placed in police protection. 

A 17-year-old boy was abandoned by his parents on the M11 in Cambridgeshire - an area that he did not know - and had to walk more than a mile to reach an emergency SOS phone

A 17-year-old boy was abandoned by his parents on the M11 in Cambridgeshire – an area that he did not know – and had to walk more than a mile to reach an emergency SOS phone

The statement said he is ‘in a safer environment while investigations continue into where he will now be happiest’.

A force spokesperson said: ‘A lot of the work from our CAISU team is sensitive in nature and difficult to share, but examples like this highlight work that goes on behind the scenes and helps highlight our commitment to protecting children – a force priority.’

Cambridgeshire Police encouraged anyone with concerns about a child to report them on their dedicated web page.

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