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Mother and teen son missing for a year. Have you seen them?

MISSING: Moses John, 14, and his mother Pauline Watson, 46, have not been seen since they vanished from their Northampton home in May last year

A SENIOR judge has appealed for the public's help in tracing a mother and son who have been missing from their Northampton home for a year

Mr Justice Keehan has take "an exceptional step" make a public appeal for 14-year-old Moses John and his mother Pauline Watson, 46, at the Royal Courts of Justice, in London, on Monday.

Ms Watson and her son, who, according to police are "very close relationship" and were "rarely seen apart", have not been seen since they vanished from their Northampton home in May last year, despite extensive searches in the city and parts of London.

Social services staff at Northamptonshire County Council, which is responsible for Moses' welfare, said the pair need to be found as a "matter of urgency".

The teenager is known to be at the centre of Family Court proceedings, the details of which have not been released.

Ms Watson has links to the Croydon, Islington, Merton, Sutton, Southwark and Lambeth areas of Greater London. However, searches of the city have yet to yield any results.

A spokesman for Northamptonshire County Council said: "The police and Northamptonshire Children's Services have for some time been trying to trace Moses and his mother.

"As an exceptional step, and to demonstrate the level of concern for the well-being of Moses, Mr Justice Keehan proposes to make a public statement in open court on Monday."

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