Grow­ing con­cern for miss­ing pen­sioner

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - Uk&world Update - By MATTHEW REVILLE matthew.reville@pe­ter­bor­oughto­day.co.uk

A VUL­NER­A­BLE grand­fa­ther has gone miss­ing, just two days af­ter be­ing re­leased from a men­tal health unit.

Pen­sioner Barry Monk (65) was last seen at his shel­tered ac­com­mo­da­tion home in Sut­ton Court, Skaters Way, Wer­ring­ton, at 10.10am on Thurs­day.

This is the sec­ond time Mr Monk has gone miss­ing in re­cent months af­ter he dis­ap­peared on Thurs­day, Oc­to­ber 6. He was found safe and well 160 miles away in East­bourne the next day.

He had been ad­mit­ted to Peter­bor­ough City Hos­pi­tal last Fri­day for men­tal health is­sues, be­fore be­ing moved to the Cavell Cen­tre over the week­end.

Mr Monk went home on Tues­day and had been due to meet a team of men­tal health work­ers on Thurs­day – the day he went miss­ing.

Po­lice and fam­ily mem­bers ex­pressed con­cern for his safety af­ter it was found he had his bus travel card, but no money or bank cards.

Con­cerns are also grow­ing for Mr Monk’s safety due to the cur­rent ex­tremely cold weather.

Mr Monk has lived in Peter­bor- ough since the 1970s. He has four grand­chil­dren and two chil­dren - Emily Barber (41) and Mar­garet Mor­ley (43).

Emily, who lives in Bret­ton, said: “He is a very vul­ner­a­ble per­son and we just want to know where he is and that he is al­right.

“The weather is re­ally wor­ry­ing. We don’t think he has money so we don’t know where he is stay­ing.

“We think he has his travel pass with him and the last time he went miss­ing he took the bus down to East­bourne. He has al­ways liked go­ing on buses.

“I got the call on Thurs­day af­ter­noon that he hadn’t turned up for the meet­ing.

“Since then I have been driv­ing all around look­ing for him, but we just don’t know where he is.”

He is 5ft 5ins tall, stocky, with short grey hair and a mous­tache.

Mr Monk wears glasses, walks with a stoop due to knee surgery and uses a sil­ver walk­ing stick.

Cam­bridgeshire po­lice are search­ing for him and as part of their in­ves­ti­ga­tion they have con­tacted au­thor­i­ties in East­bourne, in case Mr Monk has de­cided to go there again.

They have also asked Stage­coach to look through the CCTV on their buses and put up posters in the city’s bus sta­tions.

They have spo­ken to driv­ers and asked peo­ple in Wer­ring­ton and the sur­round­ing area if they have seen him.

Sergeant Mike Horder said: “The cold weather is a very big cause for con­cern and we are very con­cerned for Barry’s wel­fare.

“He has some health is­sues and it is im­por­tant we find him as soon as pos­si­ble and would like to hear from any­one who has seen him.

“We have been mak­ing in­quiries with his shel­tered ac­com­mo­da­tion, in­quir­ing in the lo­cal area and putting up posters,

“We think he may have got on a bus so Stage­coach are look­ing through the CCTV.

“The last def­i­nite sight­ing is at his ac­com­mo­da­tion at 10.10am, but we think some­body saw him at the West­gate Ar­cade a lit­tle bit later on.”

Any­one with any in­for­ma­tion should con­tact Sgt Horder by phon­ing 101.

miss­ing: Vul­ner­a­ble pen­sioner Barry Monk has not been seen since 10am on Thurs­day morn­ing.

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