Ex-foot­baller is found safe af­ter ap­peal by po­lice

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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.

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