Ex-footballer is found safe after appeal by police
FORMER FOOTBALLER Clarke Carlisle – who went missing, sparking a major police search – has been found safe and well, it was revealed last night.
Lancashire Police said the former Leeds United, York City and Burnley player was found in Liverpool and thanked the public for sharing a missing persons appeal.
The force tweeted: “Great news folks.
“Clarke Carlisle has been found safe in Liverpool.
“Thanks to everyone who shared our appeal. Have a good weekend.”
The 37-year-old had last been seen by a family member in Preston on Thursday afternoon, sparking concern.
The former Professional Footballers’ Association chairman, who made more than 500 appearances for nine clubs during his playing career, has a history of mental illness.
He launched a mental health charity called the Clarke Carlisle Foundation for Dual Diagnosis – a condition that has been described as “mental health problems co-occurring with drug or alcohol misuse”.
The father-of-three remarried earlier this year and has worked to raise awareness of mental health issues.
The former defender tried to take his own life in December 2014 when he jumped into the path of a 12-ton lorry on the A64, near York, while suffering from depression.
He had last been seen on the Flag Market in Preston at about 2.30pm on Thursday.
His disappearance prompted Detective Chief Inspector Steve Holgate to say: “We are extremely concerned about Clarke and we would urge anyone who sees him or knows where he is to get in touch with us.
“We would also appeal directly to Clarke himself to contact us if he sees this appeal to let us know he is safe.”
His wife, Carrie Carlisle, had tweeted a photo of him with the message: “Clarke’s last known whereabouts was Manchester City Centre at 6am. If you see him please get in touch.”
He played for Leeds United in 2012-13 and for York City in 201213. In February 2012, he was part of a PFA delegation that met with Prime Minister David Cameron to discuss racism and homophobia in the sport. In an interview with
earlier this year, he said: “I’ve learned that I’m responsible for me. Nobody else is responsible for my mental health.
“I’ve learned that I actively have to take part. I can only make progress if I’m brutally honest, especially with myself.
“It has been incredibly difficult for my family. We’ve had to go on a learning journey together.”
A photographer has captured the moment a stag escaped from a wolf. David Smith, 39, was on a trip in Northern Alberta, Canada. The British man picked up a camera and was stunned when he zoomed in to see the stag trying to get away from the wolf.
Found in Liverpool after police shared a missing persons appeal.