15:54 Thursday 18 April 2013

Concern growing in hunt for missing pensioner

Written byRICH GUTTRIDGE

POLICE are growing ‘increasingly concerned’ for the whereabouts of a pensioner who is believed to be missing in South Derbyshire.

Search teams appeared to be close to a breakthrough in the hunt for Anthony Brian Clarke last week after his car was discovered in Newton Solney, but after a more than a week of frantic searching in the village, the trace has gone cold.

Mr Clarke, 68, who usually goes by the name of Brian and is from Stoke on Trent, has been missing for almost a fortnight after disappearing on April 5.

The hunt intensified when Mr Clarke’s silver Mercedes was found in Newton Solney on April 9.

Search teams have been seen scouring the village since the vehicle was found last week in the car park of the Unicorn Inn, while leaflets have been distributed in the area.

But with little in the way of clues since then police chiefs admit their concern is growing with each day that passes.

Officers have widened the hunt to villages surrounding Calke Abbey, where Mr Clarke regularly visits.

Police are desperate for any information from members of the public and have reiterated their plea for people to come forward.

A spokesman for Staffordshire Police said: “Police have conducted a number of inquiries to locate Brian but officers are getting increasingly concerned about his safety.

“We are continuing to concentrate any searches in an around the village of Newton Solney. We are also examining areas surrounding Newton Solney and Calke Abbey in Ticknall, which is somewhere that Mr Clarke is fond of.

“We are keen to hear from anyone who may have seen Mr Clarke in the last week, or knows of his whereabouts.”

Mr Clarke is described as being 5ft 8ins tall, of a slim build, has grey balding hair and is known to dress smartly when out.

Anyone with any information is asked to call Staffordshire Police on 101.

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