Police make another appeal for help to trace missing pensioner

Police are searching for missing Alexander Nicol.

Police are searching for missing Alexander Nicol.

Police searching for a missing pensioner, whose last confirmed sighting was in north Northumberland, are continuing to appeal for help finding him - one year after he was last seen.

Alexander Nicol, 74, was reported missing 12 months ago on Friday, January 25, after he failed to return to his home in Pilgrim Court in Jesmond, Newcastle.

A missing person investigation was launched and extensive inquiries have since been carried out to locate him.

As a result of CCTV inquiries, it was established that he had caught the 10.14am X18 bus from the Regent Centre in Gosforth, going to Berwick.

He got off the bus at a stop in Alnmouth around 11.45am.

The last confirmed sighting of Mr Nicol was on CCTV – he was seen walking towards the train station in Alnmouth just after 4pm on Friday, January 25.

A man fitting his description was seen walking west on the B1338, near Hipsburn towards the bridge over the river Aln at around 4.25pm on the same day.

However, inquiries were not able to confirm whether or not the man was Mr Nicol.

Search teams have carried out searches for Mr Nicol, utilising specialist resources to comb areas in Gosforth and Alnmouth.

House-to-house inquiries were carried out and hours of CCTV viewed.

Posters were displayed appealing for information about his whereabouts and appeals made to members of the public through the media.

He was not believed to be in ill health or have any medical conditions when he was last seen.

Newcastle T/Superintendent Bruce Storey said: “It’s now a year since Mr Nicol was last seen and despite extensive inquiries being carried out, the last confirmed sighting we have is late on Friday, January 25, as he walked towards the train station in Alnmouth.

“Twelve months on we’re still asking for the public’s help in finding Mr Nicol and would ask people to think back and ask themselves if they remember seeing him, or anyone fitting his description. He was last seen in Alnmouth and our searches focussed on this area.

“While we’re keen to hear from anyone in Alnmouth who thinks they may have seen Mr Nicol, we’re also appealing to the wider public.”

Alexander Nicol is described as small, bald and very fit for his age. He is always immaculately dressed and was wearing dark trousers, a grey woollen tank top, a blue shirt and three-quarter-length Mac-style jacket, black shoes, which are expected to be highly polished and possibly a tweed cap when last seen.

Mr Nicol frequently visited libraries and churches, including Brunswick Methodist Church in Newcastle, and was believed to be in the process of tracing his family history. He also frequently visited Tynemouth.




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