At about 10pm on Tuesday 2 September 1969 Steven Paul Newing, age 11 was reported as a missing person from his home in Fakenham by his mother Jean Audrey Newing.
Steven was the eldest of four children, his mother had separated from Stevens’s father and was living with her partner. Steven had previously lived in other locations as his father was in the RAF, prior to his parents’ separation.
There is no known reason as to why Stephen would want to leave home or run away.
There were a number of sightings of Steven during the course of the day on Tuesday 2 September 1969 mostly from school friends. The last reliable sighting was at about 7pm that day when a friend travelling on a bus saw Steven walking on his own near the junction of the A149 road close to the turn off to Hindringham.
A full scale enquiry into Stevens’s disappearance was conducted. Stevens’s home was searched as was the surrounding area together with locations that Steven was known to visit.
Although there were many potential sightings nothing significant was discovered about the circumstances surrounding his disappearance. The most significant potential sighting was at Sutton Bridge in Lincolnshire. A man working for a circus was interviewed as a potential abductor of Steven but this line of enquiry proved fruitless.
Why has this case been looked at again?
The original paperwork has been reviewed to make sure nothing significant had been missed during the original enquiry. 2009 was the 40th anniversary of Steven’s disappearance and an appeal was made through the local press. This appeal generated a limited response and nothing significant was forthcoming.
Steven’s mother Jean and his younger brother Terence have been kept in touch regarding recent developments.
Their DNA has been taken and loaded onto the Missing Persons National DNA database.
With new forensic techniques it is possible that any body parts found in the UK in the future could be proven to be Steven.
Work has also been undertaken in the Norfolk area in respect of predatory paedophiles that operated in the area at that time.
No link has been established that Steven was abducted by a paedophile.