Invercargill 11-year-old runaway heads towards Dunedin on his motorbike

Police have located an 11-year-old boy who took off from Invercargill on his motorbike on Monday night.
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Police have located an 11-year-old boy who took off from Invercargill on his motorbike on Monday night.

An 11-year-old Invercargill boy has been found after taking off from the city on his motorbike and heading towards Dunedin.

Senior Sergeant James Ure, of the Southern District Command Centre, said the boy had left to an Invercargill address on his 80cc motorbike in his pyjamas on Monday night.

The boy travelled from Invercargill towards Dunedin on State Highway 1 on his motorbike with a can of petrol, before pulling over in Brydone, about 44km out of Invercargill, Ure said.

A concerned member of the public spotted the young boy driving near Edendale and followed him to Brydone, where they picked him up and took him to an address in Dunedin, Ure said.

Ure said the boy was determined to get to Dunedin to see family.

"It was pretty brave on his part."

Police confirmed he was found safe and well about 9pm on Tuesday night.

However, police were concerned about a lack of public response because drivers would have seen the young boy as they drove from Invercargill towards Brydone, Ure said.

He thought more people would have been concerned about the boy's safety, he said.

"It's amazing to think no one called police."

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