‘Missing’ man, who sparked a costly search, is known to police

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Police are now aware of the true identity of a man who left a Wooler hotel without paying, sparking a huge, unnecessary rescue effort, but have yet to locate him.

As reported in last week’s Gazette, a multi-agency search was called off after it was discovered that a man in his 40s had given false information to staff at the Black Bull, where he was staying.

They had reported, in good faith, that a man, who had given his name as David Bibby, hadn’t returned after saying he was going cycling in the Cheviots.

At Monday night’s meeting of Wooler Parish Council, PC Andy Clark and PC Stuart Brimble said that the police now knew the man’s real name and were aware of him being involved in similar incidents in the past. Members heard that he is also wanted by a number of other police forces in other parts of the country.