Wednesday, September 26, 2007

Concern for Missing Birchington Boy

Police are concerned for a missing 12-year-old diabetic boy who has not had insulin for 24 hours.

Alfie Cummings, from Birchington, is a type 1 diabetic and depends on his medication.

He was last seen on Monday when he had his last jab, and has now missed two shots. Officers said he knows that he needs to take his medicine.

Kent Police have released this photograph of the child in an appeal for help in tracing him.

A spokesman said: "He has disappeared before for short periods of time, but never for this long.

"He is aware of his condition and the need to take his medication regularly."

The schoolboy is described as 5ft 2in tall, with short blond hair, and a mole between his lip and his nose.

He was last seen wearing a grey and blue hooded top with a diamond motif on the back, black Adidas tracksuit bottoms, a black puffer-style jacket, and black training shoes.


Anonymous said...

I beleive this young man has been safe and well (on bbc teletext )

DrMoores said...

Ppolice have confirmed that Alfie Cummings, from Birchington, turned up at Queen's Hospital, Romford, at around 9.20am this morning.

He is now receiving medical treatment for his diabetes.

Anonymous said...

Alfie sounds like a naughty little boy who absconds from family or carers and given his medical condition, gives everyone concerned a scare each time. In the good old days a quick application of slipper....

Anonymous said...

Anon 5.56 You can't do that to a hoodie wearing baseball capped lad in designer trainers- it would ruin his street cred!

Anonymous said...


DrMoores said...

After some reflection I've removed a comment on feral children because it advocates violence which is not acceptable, even though the acceptable use policy may not have been breached.

What I think the poster is attempting to say is that he is in favour of more direct and violent solutions to the problems communities are experiencing from anti-social behaviour carried out by young people!

Violence offers no solution to any problem but tougher policing and penalties - a short sharp shock - may be more effective in dealing with the challenge but the government appears to lack will and is hamstrung by the Human Rights Act.

Anonymous said...

It would be nice to think that, as you say, violence offers no solution to any problem.
And that the British government and politicians of blue and red hues go along with that.
Why then do we have an army and send them out to do violence? - for that is exactly what we do.
The answer as to why is, I think, to attempt to solve problems. Whether its successful or not is debatable - if you look at Iraq and Afgahanistan. I don't think it is successful and it should not have happened.On the other hand if we had not, as a nation, done violence during WW2 we would now all be speaking German or would have exterminated.

To look at your proposition in another scenario - a burglar breaks into an old lady's home and attacks her while robbing the home. He is about about to cut her throat when a neighbour sees what is going on and does violence to the burglar, hitting him over the head with a shovel.
The old lady lives and violence has solved the problem.
Thewrefore I cannot accept the validity of your theory that violence, which I despise generally, offers no solutions to any problems.
I think the point the author of the post which you removed was trying to make was that the Brazilian Police are somewhat more proactive than the British when it comes to feral children. He knows it would not happen here and didn't even really want it to, I also think there are better ways of dealing with the problem.

DrMoores said...

You have every right to make your point 4:52 but just imagine how your views in their original form would be interpreted by other readers, appearing on my weblog? Your second entry expressed your position without the more explicit use of violent imagery, which is far more sensible, i.e. "The Brazilian Police are somewhat more proactive "

Anonymous said...

Yes I suppose we all have to hedge around a subject these days to avoid expressing our real thoughts about real events and real solutions.
But not talking about a problem doesn't make it not be there.
Now only those - like me - who know about the methods the Brazilian police use to deal with the problem of feral children will be aware of this quick and permanent solution.
The others will have use Google to find out.
I don't support it by the way, but I do think we need to meet nasty problems with appropriate solutions.

One thing I have found out over the years of dealing with kids from the children's homes in Thanet is that the more innocent they look often the worse they behave.

Magistrates and social workers are often fooled by appearances to the detriment of society as a whole.

Anonymous said...

A few years ago the US was 'horrified' to discover that one of its spolied brats on holiday in Singapore,having vandalised a car, was to receive a caning. Whilst many disagree with corporal punishment it is invariably, cheap, quick and punishes. What we now have is a system that is expensive, involves numerous agencies, gobbles up hours of police time and the 'feral yuff'end up not being punished. I am all for a non-violent approach but it must end up with a meaningful and deterrent punishment; without it the graffiti on Westgate Bay promenade a few years ago remains a true "Children rule, OK".

Anonymous said...

Shariah law solves many problems - permanently.

Anonymous said...

I don't know how many others here might agree with me but I think I would rather live under our inadequate legal system and suffer the vandals etc rather than under shariah law.