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Mum praises Penlan community after little Jenson Lorey goes missing

By South Wales Evening Post  |  Posted: February 20, 2013

Jenson Lorey, who was found asleep under a bean bag, after a police search for him with his sister Sienna and his parents Sammy and Andrew

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A LITTLE boy who sparked a massive search when he disappeared was later found safe and well — fast asleep in the family living room.

Jenson Lorey’s relieved parents have praised the way the Penlan community responded when their five-year-old son went missing.

Around a dozen police officers, supplemented by dogs and the force helicopter, were joined by relatives, neighbours and even complete strangers scouring the streets looking for him.

It was Jenson’s six-year-old sister Sienna who brought the nightmare to an end when she lifted a bean bag in the living room and found him sleeping there.

The children live with mum Samantha Thomas, known as Sammy, and dad Andrew Lorey in Heol Gwyrosydd.

“I was at the gym with my friend and I came home to this real scene,” said Sammy, aged 28.

“Andrew had gone into the kitchen and when he came out, Jenson was gone. By the time I got home he had been missing for 20 minutes.


“I started screaming and running around the street.

“I thought the worst had happened.

“We had 12 police officers out looking for him, police dogs, and the helicopter. They searched the attic, they searched everywhere.

“People were fantastic.

“Everyone who knew me was out looking but even people who didn’t know me were looking too.

“The support we had was phenomenal. It’s that kind of community, when you need help everyone rallies around.


“The bus drivers were using their radios, and the taxi drivers were all looking.

“It was just incredible.

“I couldn’t have asked for more support from everyone.”

Jenson disappeared at around 8.15pm on Monday. Sammy said he wasn’t found until about 9.30pm to 9.45pm.

“I was out of my mind by then,” she said.

“My daughter moved the bean bag and there he was, fast asleep underneath it. I was screaming with happiness.

“I had to take the day off work yesterday. My nerves have gone. I suffer from panic attacks anyway but I’m still shaking.”

Sammy also kept her son, who is in full-time reception at YGG Tirdeunaw, home for the day. “I just didn’t want to let him go,” she explained. “I can’t stop cwtching him.”

Where exactly Jenson was during that agonising time before he was found remains something of a mystery.

“He cannot have been under the bean bag all that time because it was moved several times,” said Sammy.

“He cannot have gone outside either because he was as warm as toast.

“He must have moved about, but we have no idea where.

“All we know is he was sleeping soundly when we found him.

“We were all panicking and he was completely unaware of what was going on. Not even the sound of the sirens could wake him up.”

Inspector Phil Thomas said: “It just goes to show how strong the community spirit can be when faced with situations like this.

“We had a lot of resources in and used the bus depot and leisure centre and everybody else in the area to help out.

“I’m just glad the little boy was found safe and well.

“That was the main thing.”

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  • BossHogg  |  February 21 2013, 9:43AM

    Who was in Charge of the operation - Inspector Clouseau?

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  • Rosemary1959  |  February 20 2013, 10:19PM

    I can relate to this situation. I couldn't find my daughter, I phoned neighbours and relatives who lived nearby. We searched -ie walked up the stairs and called very loudly for our daughter. Again checked with our neighbours. Checked all the downstairs rooms and walked up the stairs and from the upstairs landing called for our daughter still no response. Then I decided to give one last check before calling the police and decided that a room by room search was needed. Where was my daughter - under the bed, fast asleep. And let me tell you I am known for having a bell on every tooth and she didn't hear us. When I see some of your condemning this woman for not 'looking' properly and the police for 'not seeing' a child under a bean bag, I realise you have been fortunate enough not to have 'lost' a child,

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  • vickynleon  |  February 20 2013, 8:20PM

    it says the police had searched the house so if the parents are plonkers so are the police. probally alot of people were glad to read this story to know this little boy was found safe and well.

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  • Julesbreadbox  |  February 20 2013, 7:29PM

    What a strange story. And really top news? Strange.....very strange.....

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  • cresswell1  |  February 20 2013, 7:14PM

    seems a bit thick

  • GSVale  |  February 20 2013, 7:02PM

    First off I am glad the little boy was found safe and sound and it's good to know that community spirit isn't dead. BUT The cost of this operation must have be thousands, the police helicopter on it's own costs over a £1000 per hour to have in the air. I think the parents should now be forced into doing community service, in their community to help pay back some of the cost. Nothing horrible but something that would be a benefit to the community that helped them.

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  • siarad2  |  February 20 2013, 3:38PM

    She admits to 'screaming & running around the street' so clearly is panicky not a thinker.

  • GowerHooker  |  February 20 2013, 1:53PM

    Any clue as to why Jenson wasn't in bed at 8.15pm on a school night? Hardly a surprise that he was asleep at that time; more sense than his parents. Plonkers

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  • Spideyjonesy  |  February 20 2013, 12:37PM

    Great news the young chap is safe and sound. CLearly the parents between them should have been able to find a 5 year old in their own front room. However all's well that ends well and in young jenson maybe we have a future hide and seek olympic champion?

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  • swanseajock  |  February 20 2013, 12:30PM

    Surely procedure for the police is to search the house first. Why did they not lift the beanbag and find him?

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