Changes to the way in which police deal with missing people have been slammed by the grandad of murdered schoolboy Wesley Neailey
The grandad of a boy who was snatched from his home and strangled by a paedophile has slammed the police’s plans to change the way they deal with missing people.
Nationally, officers deal with around 327,000 reports of missing people per year – the equivalent of around 900 per day. Two thirds of these involve children.
The new plans, announced this week, will stop officers getting called out to around a third of missing people cases. Call handlers will class missing people cases as either “absent”, when a person simply does not arrive where they are expected to be, or “missing”, where there is a specific reason for concern.
This can be that the disappearance is out of character or that they may be at risk of harm.
Under the plans, each force in the UK will have missing persons co-ordinators who will check whether a child is going missing frequently to detect any patterns of behaviour.
But last night Harry Hammond, the grandad of 11-year-old Wesley Neailey, who was snatched, raped and strangled to death in Arthur’s Hill, Newcastle, in 1998 by convicted sex offender Dominic McKilligan, hit out at the proposals.