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50 years since Fakenham boy went missing

50 years since Fakenham boy went missing

Published by Grace Marner
12:18pm 30th August 2019. (Updated at 12:46pm 30th August 2019)

It's been 50 years since the disappearance of Norfolk school boy Steven Newing.

He went missing from near his home in Fakenham on the 2nd of September 1969.

He was just 11 at the time. 

Fakenham
He went missing near to his home in Fakenham

A full-scale police investigation was launched when it happened and there were local searches, house to house enquiries and interview with Steven's friends and family.

Although there were many potential sightings of Steven, he hasn't been seen or heard of from since. 

His last confirmed sighting was in Lee Warner Avenue, Fakenham by his brother and male friend.

There was another unconfirmed sighting on the A148 near Thursford by a witness that knew Steven. 

Steven Newing missing 1969
Police are re-appealing for information

When he left home that morning he was wearing a blue roll neck sweater with a green and yellow sweater over the top, blue jeans with a cub's leather belt, a green anorak and baseball boots.

Andy Guy, the Major Crime Review and Cold Case Manager within the joint Norfolk and Suffolk Major Investigation Team, said that despite the passing of time he still believes there are people alive who may know what happened to Steven. 

He said:

"It is now half a century since Steven went missing and during this time we've received many different leads and pieces of information about his disappearance. Despite thorough investigations, we still don't know what happened to Steven. 

police jacket


"His mother Jean sadly died five years ago, never knowing what happened to her son. Steven's two sisters and brother are still hopeful of finding answers and we are determined to find closure for them. 

"I strongly believe there are people alive today who may know what happened to Steven and we would always pursue any new credible information which could help us solve this mystery." 

Steven was reported missing at 10pm on the evening and hasn't been seen since. 

He had left his bike at home and had no money with him. What is believed to be his satchel was found at a water tower near to his home. 

Although there were many potential sightings of Steven at the time of his disappearance, including in King's Lynn and the Sutton Bridge area of Lincolnshire, nothing significant has been discovered.  

a148 thursford
An unconfirmed sighting of Steven was on the A148 near Thursford. CREDIT: Google Maps

His brother, Terry, is appealing directly for information from the public:

"It is now 50 years since my brother Steven disappeared at the age of 11 from our home in Lee Warner Avenue, Fakenham. I was the last person to see him and there is not a day goes by that I do not think of him and try to work out what happened. 
  
"The effects have this have been profound on all our family. Our parents have since died without knowing what happened and Steven has an extended family who never met him, only knowing of him from newspaper cuttings and hearsay. 
  
"However, I still believe that even with the passage of time the answers we  need  are there, and would urge anyone with any knowledge of his disappearance, no matter how trivial or insignificant, to please contact the police so that we can do something our parents were unable to do, lay him to rest, and get the closure we need." 

Anyone with information concerning Steven's disappearance should call the Major Crime Review Team on 01953 423819 or email unsolvedcasereviews@norfolk.pnn.police.uk.

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