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Dad urges missing ex-partner to ‘see sense’ and return son



A man whose ex-partner has gone “underground” with their three-year-old son for six months has urged her to “see sense”.

Ellie Yarrow-Sanders, 26, disappeared with Olly Sheridan in July, leaving Patrick Sheridan in the dark about the whereabouts of his child.

Mr Sheridan has begged Ms Yarrow-Sanders to let Olly have a “normal” childhood rather than a life “on the run”.

The estranged pair are locked in a family court dispute over the child, and his mother fled with him the week before she was due to give evidence in a “critical” hearing, according to lawyers.

Olly Sheridan was at centre of a court battle before he has 'abducted' by his mother
Olly Sheridan was at centre of a court battle before he has ‘abducted’ by his mother

After he raised the alarm about the disappearance in December, judge Mr Justice Williams said he was “gravely concerned” – so much so that he lifted a bar on reporting the identity of people involved in family court hearings.

“I hope that Ellie sees sense and comes forward so that this can be sorted out and Olly can have a normal childhood, not living on the run,” Mr Sheridan said.

“My boy needs both of his parents in his life and not to live a life undercover, hidden away from his family and the rest of the world.”

The 45-year-old said Christmas without his son had been “unbearable”.

Solicitors at Irwin Mitchell law firm renewed appeals to trace the pair on Thursday, as they said the situation was becoming “increasingly serious”.

Essex Police are searching and have urged anyone with information to get in touch.

An Irwin Mitchell spokeswoman said on Thursday: “Ellie has gone underground since abducting Olly.

“She has not used her bank accounts or mobile phone since she and Olly disappeared in July.”

The spokeswoman added that Miss Yarrow-Sanders’ mother had travelled to Huddersfield, West Yorkshire, at around the time Olly vanished.

She said Miss Yarrow-Sanders’ and Olly might also have stayed in the Huddersfield area.

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