Missing teen’s mum: ‘please come home for Christmas’

CCTV image of Anthony Stubbs
CCTV image of Anthony Stubbs
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The mother of missing teenager Anthony Stubbs has made an emotional appeal for her son to come home for Christmas.

Anthony, 16, left his house in Leyland Lane, Leyland just before 1pm on Sunday, November 25.

Please come home: Anthony Stubbs

Please come home: Anthony Stubbs

He intended to go to his mother Denise Machin’s address in nearby Southbrook Road, but never arrived.

The last confirmed sighting of the Wellfield Business and Enterprise College pupil was near to the Seven Stars pub in Leyland Lane at around 12.55pm.

His mother said: “Christmas is a time for family and all I want is for Anthony to come home.

“It is his daughter Lily’s first Christmas and his little brother Oscar is missing him. He should be here to celebrate with his family.

“Having Anthony back would be the best Christmas present ever.

“I am not angry with him - I just want him back.

“Please just come home.”

Anthony is described as slim, around 5ft 9ins, with blue eyes. He is clean shaven.

His natural hair colour is mousey brown, although he dyes it black, which is usually worn with a swept fringe to the right or flicked up at the front.

He wears braces on his teeth and has a pierced left ear in which he wears a stud or a cross.

When he was last seen he was wearing blue jeans with a blue and black jacket and light brown boots and was carrying a black and blue messenger type shoulder bag.

Anthony has connections to the Manchester, Bolton and Blackpool areas.

Lancashire Police have released CCTV images of him near to the Seven Stars pub.

Detective Inspector John Entwisle said: “Anthony has not made any contact with either his friends or family which is very much out of character.

“He has a three-month-old baby at home who we know he must miss and our main aim is to locate Anthony safe and well and bring him home to his family for Christmas.

“I would urge anyone who thinks they may have seen Anthony or might know where he is to come forward and contact police.”

Speaking earlier this month, Det Chief Insp Hurst said he wanted Anthony to know there was support for him at home and that he was not in any kind of trouble.

He added: “Anthony has connections to the gay community and I would ask that anyone who thinks they may know where Anthony is or if you are with him, maybe looking after him, please come forward - both the police and his family just need to know he is safe.

Anyone with information should call police on 101.