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BBC Wales's Ashleigh Crowter reports
"The family hope the television appeal will bring in new information"
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Tuesday, 30 January, 2001, 13:44 GMT
TV appeal for missing teenager
Jerome Thomas
A home video of Jerome Thomas before he disappeared
The father of a 15-year-old boy who has been missing from his west Wales home since New Year's Day has made a television appeal for information.

Jerome Thomas disappeared from his home at Gwbert, near Cardigan, and his family and police feared he may have fallen in the sea, triggering a massive air and sea search.

But after exhaustive patrols of the coastline, there has been no sign of a body.

David Thomas, missing boy's father
David Thomas: Crimewatch appeal

The teenager's father David Thomas, said he believed his son may have left home after being told to do more revision for his mock GCSE examinations.

The last confirmed sighting of Jerome was in Gwbert on 1 January.

This had raised hopes that he could be safe and well.

Speaking on the BBC's Crimewatch Daily, he appealed for anyone who may have seen Jerome to contact police.

The programme showed a photograph of Jerome at home shortly before his disappearance.

Mr Thomas said: "I want you to just make contact, let us know you are safe.

"So do not worry about what is going to happen when you get back.

"We just want to know you are safe."

Dyfed-Powys Police has been in contact with other forces in the south of England - London and Sussex - where the Thomas family have relatives.

Officers have also contacted missing person agencies with Jerome's details.

His family now hope the television appeal will bring forward people who have seen Jerome in recent weeks.

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