Police call off Christmas Day search at Alnmouth after finding owner of abandoned clothes

Northumbria Police tape cordons off the area near Alnmouth play park by the River Aln.
Northumbria Police tape cordons off the area near Alnmouth play park by the River Aln.

An investigation at Alnmouth has been called off after the owner of a full set of clothes left by the River Aln this morning was found.

Police had received a phone call from a resident in Riverside Road after the full set of men’s clothes and trainers were found beside the play park on the west side of the village.

They cordoned off the area and launched a search. Both the police helicopter and the RAF Sea King were seen flying overhead and the Coastguard were on stand-by.

Police officers at the scene had said it was suspicious as the trainers were left behind

Northumbria Police said: “At 8.34am on Christmas Day, police received a report that abandoned clothing had been found next to the river inlet from the sea into Alnmouth, leading to concerns for the owner’s safety.

“An extensive search of the area was carried out, including a search of the water, house-to-houses inquiries and a search including the Coastguard and helicopter.

“As a result of inquiries, the owner of the clothing was found in a nearby house, and he is safe and well. The search was called off at noon today.”

The resident who phoned the police told the Northumberland Gazette that the clothes included jeans, underpants, a green sweatshirt and a distinctive Christmas pudding pom-pom hat.

The Humber Coastguard said it was on hold until the police could pin-point an area to focus the investigation.

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