THE mother of a teenage boy who vanished for three weeks has spoken of her delight after learning of his safety.
Christopher Knott, a profoundly deaf 19-year-old, disappeared from his residential deaf school in Doncaster on 11 September with no word of his intentions.
His distraught family and friends launched an appeal to trace Christopher, which finally came to fruition when Stafford-shire police found him in Stoke.
Ann Knott, his delighted mum, of Willows Lane, Accrington, said she spoke to him on the phone directly after he was found.
She didn't know why he vanished but hopes to find out soon.
She said: "We are all extremely relieved but we haven't seen him yet. I am going to do so on Saturday. We think he went to Stoke with someone he met in Blackpool but we aren't too sure.
"As long as he is safe I am not bothered. I would like to thank everyone who was involved in finding him, especially the police for all their work."
Christopher would usually tell his parents if he wasn't coming home for the weekend but he left the school without any of his possessions.
All attempts to find 5ft 5in Christopher failed until police learned he had withdrawn money from a cashpoint in Blackpool.
His family had no idea why he would go to Stoke, and Mrs Knott said as far she knew Christopher had no friends there.
Sergeant Dave Clarke said: "Christopher was just staying with friends and gave no particular reason for going there."