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Mum's plea in search for missing teenager

PUBLISHED: 11:27 31 July 2008 | UPDATED: 15:06 25 August 2010

DEPRESSED: Ben Surman.

DEPRESSED: Ben Surman.

A DEPRESSED teenager has gone missing after visiting a pub.

A DEPRESSED teenager has gone missing after visiting a pub.

Ben Surman, 18, was last seen leaving the Rose and Crown pub, next to Greenwich Theatre in Nevada Street, Greenwich, at 12.30am on Friday, July 18.

The gay teenager moved from his home in Oxford to live with his half-brother, Michael Catterall, in Thamesmead earlier in the month.

His mother, Sharon Surman, said her son had been depressed by the forthcoming fourth anniversary of his younger sister's death.

Ms Surman, who lives in Oxford, said: "Three weeks ago it would also have been her 18th birthday.

"He has had periods of depression before but they had been lifting. He has taken this one pretty hard. I really don't know where he has gone. I am just stuck waiting. I don't feel I can come down to London because I don't know anyone there."

Mr Surman is 6ft 2in, skinny and was last seen wearing a black No Fear hoodie, black trousers and boots, and a silver bat necklace. He is known to be a Warcraft computer game enthusiast, so police are checking his computer to see if the teenager has accessed his account since he went missing.

Ms Surman thought it was possible her son may have tried to visit other online gamers, who would have known him as "Kiba", but he was not carrying much money when he disappeared.

She added: "He is a bit of a computer geek, quite withdrawn. He wouldn't approach people and I don't think he would ask for help. I'm concerned that he has done something silly but more concerned that something has happened to him. This is totally out of character."

If you have information on Mr Surman's whereabouts, call Plumstead CID on 0020 8284 9416 or, to remain anonymous, Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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