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Parents make 1979 abduction plea

Martin Allen
No trace of Martin Allen has been found since November 1979

The parents of a teenager abducted from London 30 years ago have made a new appeal for information about his fate.

Martin Allen, 15, was last seen at King's Cross Tube station making his way home from school in November 1979.

A witness saw a man with his arm around a boy who resembled Martin at a nearby Tube station later that day but no trace of the teenager was ever found.

His mother Eileen Allen, 81, said: "We just want to know what happened so we can have some final closure."

'Don't try to run'

Mrs Allen and her husband Tom, 85, from Bordon, Hampshire, admit they have lost hope of seeing their son again.

They said they fear they may die before his body is discovered.

Mr Allen said he still "breaks down" in tears on the anniversary of his son's disappearance, on his birthday and when he hears music that Martin loved.

Mrs Allen said: "My biggest wish is to have a meeting of the family and a remembrance service, not a funeral, but a service so we can put our memories away."

The teenager went missing as he travelled home from school to pick up some money to take to his older brother Bob in Holloway on 5 November 1979.

Eileen and Tom Allen
Eileen and Tom Allen fear they may die before their son's body is discovered

Martin left a friend at a foot tunnel leading onto the southbound Piccadilly line platform at King's Cross station at about 1550 GMT. This was the last definite sighting of him.

After a TV appeal later that year a Tube passenger said he saw a man and a boy acting suspiciously at Gloucester Road Tube station about half an hour after Martin disappeared.

The man was standing with his arm around the boy, who resembled Martin, and both appeared nervous as they got onto a Tube train.

As the pair left the train at Earls Court station the man said to the boy: "Don't try to run."

Police continue to investigate Martin's disappearance following a review in 2006 but they admit they have no new leads.

They have also been unable to find any of Martin's possessions, which included his school books, lunchbox and part of a model railway.

Mr Allen said his son would have contacted them if he was alive because he would not have wanted his parents to worry.

He said: "There must be someone out there who knows a tiny little bit but has never said anything.

"They could be the answer we are looking for to help our family come to a bit of rest instead of always saying, 'I wonder what did happen?'"

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