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Carlisle man, 20, in plea to help find birth mum

A young man has told of his anguish at not knowing if his mother is still alive after they were torn apart 15 years ago.

Carl Jones, 20, says “it would mean everything” to be reunited with his natural mother, Shirley Anne Stallard.

Carl, of Botcherby Avenue, Carlisle, was born in Portsmouth, which is where he believes Shirley could be now.

He and his older sister Emma, who now lives in Barrow, were adopted by a family in Oulton, near Wigton, when Carl was just five. The pair had to be taken from Shirley as she was suffering from mental health problems, Carl explained.

They lived with the family between 2000 and 2007 before Carl and Emma were placed in foster care.

Carl has now issued a heartfelt plea for anyone who may be able to help reunite him and his sister with Shirley.

He said: “We are searching for our birth mum who we haven’t seen for 15 years.

“We have no idea where she is living now or if she’s even still alive but we managed to track down her sister who thinks she could be in Portsmouth as that was where she was born and still has family.

“It has taken us four years just to find our auntie so we hope that by putting our appeal in the newspaper someone might know where our birth mother is.

“If we managed to find her my reaction would just be, oh my god, I wouldn’t know what to do.

“I would absolutely love it if anyone knew where she is.

“It has been extremely challenging growing up without our natural mother and not knowing anything about her.

“The biggest fear is whether something has happened because we know she had mental health problems.”

Carl says his mum was born in 1973 and was married to John R Craig, his natural father, and her parents were Dennis G Stallard, who died in 2003, and Geanne D Webster, who is still alive.

Carl and Emma, who changed her name from Michelle, lived with their natural parents for a short time in Westway, Barrow, before moving around Cumbria.

Anyone who can help should email Carl at


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