Northumberland joins nationwide hunt for missing man

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The hunt for a man missing from a mental health unit has gone nationwide.

All police forces in the UK, including Northumbria, have been contacted as the search widens for Derek Jarrett, 56, who left the unit in Essex on Wednesday, April 30 with a woman.

Derek Jarrett

Derek Jarrett

She was found in Bristol on May 2 and has since been returned to Essex.

Initial police investigations around the Bristol area and inquiries by the Met, Kent, Hertfordshire, Thames Valley and South Wales police forces are continuing but an appeal for information has widened to include all forces in the UK.

Detective Inspector Joel Henderson, of Essex Police, said: “We know that Mr Jarrett and the woman travelled to Bristol by coach between April 30 and May 2, but there have been no positive sightings of him since then.

“Given the lack of contact, he could be anywhere in the UK so we have issued media appeals through all forces.

“We want to hear from anyone who recognises Mr Jarrett from the photo and might remember seeing him over the past week or so.

“We want to find him urgently because there are concerns for his own safety and also because he is missing from a mental health unit.”

Derek Jarrett is white, about 5ft 6in tall, has grey hair and has several tattoos on his arms.

He should not be approached, and anyone who sees him is urged to call police immediately on 999.