Renewed call for missing pensioner

Police are searching for missing 73-year-old Alexander Nicol.
Police are searching for missing 73-year-old Alexander Nicol.

Police are renewing their appeal for information about a Newcastle pensioner who’s been missing almost six months and was last seen in north Northumberland.

Alexander Nicol was reported missing when he failed to return to his home address in Jesmond on the evening of Friday, January 25.

That morning, he boarded the x18 bus from Regent Centre in Gosforth destined for Berwick. He got off at Alnmouth.

The 73-year-old was last seen at around 4.45pm walking from Hipsburn towards Lesbury.

While extensive searches of the countryside around Alnmouth and Lesbury have been conducted by officers, all have so far proved negative.

Local farmers, gamekeepers and landowners are being urged to again check outbuildings and other shelters for any sign of Mr Nicol.

Detective Chief Inspector Ged Noble, said: “The day Mr Nicol went missing was very cold with wind and flurries of snow and sleet.

“If he was walking in the open countryside, he may well have sought shelter wherever he could, either in a building or just in a sheltered spot.

“The last known sighting of Mr Nichol was in the Alnmouth area and despite extensive searches we have been unable to find him.

“Clearly our concern now is it is almost six months since he was last seen and the reality is Mr Nichol may no longer be alive.

“With this in mind, we’d once again ask people in the area to check their outbuildings and secluded areas in their farm and land for Mr Nicol.

“If anyone is concerned about checking their outbuildings themselves please let us know and we will arrange for a police officer to do it.”

Anyone with any information should contact Northumbria Police on 101 ext 69191.