Lost boy drama in Lowestoft
A PLUCKY four-year-old boy from Pakefield sparked a full-scale search when he went for a five mile adventure on his bike.Ten police cars, a helicopter and several officers on foot were deployed to look for Cole Honeywood on Monday morning after he went missing from his home in Walmer Road.
A PLUCKY four-year-old boy from Pakefield sparked a full-scale search when he went for a five mile adventure on his bike.
Ten police cars, a helicopter and several officers on foot were deployed to look for Cole Honeywood on Monday morning after he went missing from his home in Walmer Road.
But oblivious to all the fuss and his anxious parents, the intrepid little boy crossed two busy roads during rush hour while journeying to all his favourite places, including the hairdressers.
After an excruciating 45 minutes of panic Cole was found safe and well by the entrance of Nicholas Everitt Park in Oulton Broad and seemed strangely surprised at the serious scene when he got back from his trip.
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Now mum Hayley has warned other parents to never underestimate their children after she firmly believed that he would never disobey her strict rules.
The 30-year-old said she felt physically sick when she realised he was missing, thinking someone had taken him.
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She said: 'We have exactly the same routine every morning so I'd got Cole ready in his uniform to go to school and I'd gone upstairs to dress Kodi my other son. I'd carried him down the stairs and I'd called to Cole to say it was breakfast time, but he didn't answer. I walked through to his bedroom and asked him to answer me and he still didn't, so I went to the front door and his bike had gone from the porch.
'At first I only slightly panicked because never would I have thought that my son would have gone out of the front door or even out of the garden on his own because he knows that he mustn't. But when I went back upstairs, looked in his wardrobe and saw his shoes were gone I ran outside calling him. I looked up the lane by the side of our house, but all I could see were lots of children on bikes because they were going to school. I just started shouting hysterically.'
After alerting her husband Carl who was at work, he called the police and frantically Hayley began telephoning everyone she knew asking them if they had seen Cole. Friends and family went to search for him, while Hayley faced a fraught wait in the house where she was told to stay by police in case he returned.
Cole's cycling expedition began around 8.15am when he decided to cycle across the A12 to Short Street knocking on the door of family friend Mark Turrell. When he didn't get an answer he made his way to Stradbroke Road to visit his mum's friend Michelle Lansdale, who by that time was at his house supporting Hayley.
He then biked back to London Road South and turned into Walmer Road where he whizzed past his house and onto Blackheath Road. Here he saw the alarmed grandmother of a school friend who tried to stop him, but undeterred he continued onto the busy Lowestoft Southern Relief Road with the aim of visiting his father at work on Riverside Road, using the pedestrian crossing on the way.
With no answer he cycled down Waveney Drive, Victoria Road, through Oulton Broad and onto Bridge Road where he stopped at the hairdressers Bloww to see if he could see his barber inside.
Ambling down to the Wherry Hotel, he biked across the footbridge and propped his cycle up outside the Spar shop in Oulton Broad village where he asked behind the counter if he would pat the dog tied up outside. Luckily police were alerted and shortly after a police officer found him.
Hayley said: 'When I heard, I remember I just went and sat on the back doorstep and I cried and cried. I think when he came home and saw all the commotion going on he was quite surprised. Who knows what goes on inside a four-year-old's head. Some people mistake him for a six-year-old because he's quite tall and he's a confident boy. He's quite forward for his age and definitely switched on and thankfully so.
'Never in my wildest dreams did I think he'd go out that front door. All the time I was outside screaming for him as I thought someone had taken him no way did I think he'd got on his bike and gone off on his own. In a way we're amazed because he'd put his shoes and even thought to put on a coat.
'There's got to come a point when we stop talking about it but we have sat him down several times and spoken to him and told him he must never ever do that again. There's a lot of issues today about approaching children but if you're innocent please don't be scared to go up to a child if they are on their own and ask if they're ok. I wouldn't think twice about it now.'
'I asked him later how he had crossed the roads. He just said he had listened to what mummy had told him and waited for the green man.'
Hayley thanked her family, friends and Suffolk Police for their support, especially the officer who located Cole and Insp Sarsfield Donohue leading the search.