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Veteran reported missing from Sussex care home found at D-Day service in Normandy

Bernard Jordan pictured at his care home in Hove (left) and during WWII (right). Credit: Gracewell Health

An 89-year-old veteran reported missing from a nursing home was found in France, marking the anniversary of the D-Day landings.

Bernard Jordan - who left The Pines care home in Furze Hill, Hove, wearing his war medals - has contacted the home and said his friends are going to make sure he gets back safely when the commemorations end.

Sussex Police were called yesterday evening by nursing home staff who said Mr Jordan had gone out at 10.30am and had not been seen since.

He had gone out wearing a grey mac and a jacket underneath with his war medals on, police said.

Bernard Jordan with a picture of himself as mayor of Hove. Credit: Gracewell Health

Officers began searching the area, including checking hospitals in case something had happened to him, and spoke to bus and taxi companies, but none of them knew where he was.

The nursing home received a phone call from a younger veteran from Brighton at 10.30pm who said he had met Mr Jordan on a coach on the way to France and that they were safe and well in a hotel in Ouistreham.

In fact, Mr Jordan had been enjoying a "first class" trip to Normandy.

Bernard Jordan pictured with ferry staff en route to France. Credit: Brittany Ferries

ITV News found the veteran on his return leg about to board a ferry home.

"It was a first class show," he told correspondent Paul Davies.

"I've been here last year, and this time, and touch wood if I'm still about I shall try next year as well."

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