Growing concern for missing pensioner
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.