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29th July 1981. Prince Charles marries Lady Diana Spencer and the eyes of the world are on London. In the crowd an eight-year-old boy watches the celebrations. An hour later he is missing. Despite a huge police search young Vishal Mehrotra is never seen alive again. Forty years on, and despite the emergence of new evidence, no-one has been brought to justice for what happened to Vishal and the police appear to have exhausted all their leads. Then one day, as the world is going into lockdown in 2020, a BBC local reporter receives a secretive message from a person who says they have worked within the police – they tell the reporter they’ve seen something extraordinary that could blow the case wide open. That call sets in motion an epic true story - an astonishing podcast investigation, three years in the making, which has consequences no-one could have imagined. The child’s family have one last chance to find out what happened to their boy and put decades of grief and guilt to rest. This... more


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The investigation team make a shocking discovery that sends Colin halfway across the world. It’s a huge gamble for one last shot at the truth – but will he find what he’s looking for? If you have been affected by child sexual abuse, help and support ... more

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4.8 out of 5 stars from 497 ratings
  • Vishal

    I am only part way through, but I am so affected by the courage of Mic and the other men who have spoken up about the predators who abused them. more

    Apple Podcasts
    United States3 months ago
  • Such a tragedy

    Incredible reporting of such a heartbreaking story.

    Apple Podcasts
    Canada3 months ago
  • Well researched and told

    Excellent reporting. Epic failures by police. I hope there will be justice for this dear boy and his family.

    Apple Podcasts
    United States3 months ago
  • This story is gut wrenching but very well-done

    A must listen, excellent reporting

    Apple Podcasts
    Ree Deemed
    United States3 months ago
  • His name was Vishal Mehrotra RIP

    I'm so sorry to hear about the cold case involving Vishal Mehrotra. A little boy who never got home…. I really hope they move on this case…for his family for the truth to be told

    Apple Podcasts
    United Kingdom3 months ago

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