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Appeal for missing father

Scott Fletcher and his daughter Lucie Credit: ITV Border

The family of Scott Fletcher have appealed for members of the public to help them trace their son as the second Fathers’ Day without him approaches.

Mr Fletcher has two children, Lucie aged 5 and stepson Bradley aged 7. He was last seen on May 11th last year at a Durham petrol station.

The 28 year old is from Hartlepool and the search has stretched across both Durham and Cumbrian police forces and recently at the Appleby horse fair.

Scott’s mother, Julie Fletcher, said: “Scott has a very close relationship with his Dad and Sunday once again will be a difficult day, not only for his Dad, but especially for Lucie and Bradley.

"Lucie in particular has been very upset at the thought that her Daddy is lost and we can't help him to come home.

"As time goes on we as his family, and the children in particular, are finding the situation more and more difficult to cope with and again are appealing for help from the public.”

Detective Chief Inspector Jon Green, of Cleveland Police said: “Scott’s family are distraught as they approach a 2nd Fathers’ Day without him. His children are desperate to see their Dad and we know that he had a close relationship with Lucie and Bradley.

“His lack of contact with them is particularly out of character. I would urge anyone who has any information at all to contact us and help us put an end to the torment that Scott’s family and his young children are suffering.”

Scott was last seen wearing a black sweatshirt and black jeans.

Anyone who knows of his whereabouts is asked to contact Detective Chief Inspector Jon Green on 01642 302178.