Urgent search for ‘intelligent’ boy, 14, missing with only clothes on back

An urgent search has been launched for a 14-year-old boy who has gone missing for the second time in a week.

Leven Sopwith-Nicholson, from Ulverston, was last seen at 11.30pm on Sunday, October 3.

The 14-year-old is thought to have travelled anywhere within Cumbria or even out of the area.

He is described as 5ft 10ins of slim build with ginger curly hair. He may have been wearing a grey raincoat.

DCI John Graham-Cumming, of Cumbria Police, said: “Leven is an intelligent 14-year-old boy, but he is still only 14-years-old and the weather has been pretty awful across the county.

“We are incredibly concerned for his welfare and are asking anyone who is out walking or driving to keep an eye out for him.

“We believe Leven left his house in Ulverston at 11.30pm last night. There was no indication to anyone that he was going to leave any nothing seemed out of the ordinary.”

Leven is described as a keen fell walker and no sightings have been reported.

DCI Graham-Cumming continued: “While we have no confirmed information as to where he has gone, the countryside is one of his favourite places. However, there is no suggestion that Leven has taken any provisions such as a tent or change of clothes or food.

“This is very concerning. The police along with our partner agencies have been out urgently searching for him.

“We are all very concerned for Leven’s safety. His parents just want him to come home safe and well.

“He is in no trouble at all and we would urge him to come home or make contact if he sees this appeal.”

Police have been working with partner agencies since the report came in to search for Leven, this has included mountain search and rescue, the coastguard and fire search and rescue.

DCI Graham-Cumming added: “The public has been incredibly supportive sharing the appeal.

“I would like to thank everyone that has helped us so far. Anyone who is reading this and hasn’t shared the appeal, please share it on your social media, the more we can share the information the better our chances for someone to spot him.”

Police are urging anyone with information on his whereabouts to contact police on 101, quoting log number 30 of today (October 4).

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.