Arthur Heeler-Frood: Boy who went missing because he was 'bored' was hugely selfish, says Hunted star

Arthur Heeler-Frood: 'Police will have regarded him as vulnerable because of his age, despite his resourcefulness', says former Met Detective

Arthur Heeler-Frood (Credit: Twitter @rrExeter)

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

A former detective with the Metropolitan Police has told talkRADIO the 15-year-old boy who ran away from home because he was "bored" was hugely selfish to do what he did.

Arthur Heeler-Frood ran away from his home in Axminster in Devon, leaving a note to his parents which explained his motivation was because he was "bored with his life".

For two months, his worried parents Caroline and Jeremy launched appeals to find him via social media, even appearing on ITV's This Morning to plead for his safe return. 

Yesterday, he was found by Devon and Cornwall Police "safe and well in Honiton", roughly ten miles away from his home, and was reunited with his family. He has apologised to the police for the time they spent searching for him. 

Peter Bleksley, former Metropolitan Police detective and the star of Channel 4 show Hunted, explained that a disappearance like Arthur's would have been easier because "the full weight of the law" wasn't pursuing him.

However Bleksley said Arthur wasted a huge amount of police time and he hopes officers reminded of this fact.