Underwater police search are being carried out to try to solve the mystery disappearance of a father of two who went missing five weeks ago.
Officers from a specialist unit have spent the day scouring the River Calder at Wakefield to try to find Damion Vernon, from Bridlington, who disappeared after telling family he was heading to South Yorkshire to buy a car.
Today his family travelled from their home on the East Coast to watch the start of the search and continue their campaign to find out what happened to him. David Hirst reports:
Police have begun an underwater search of the River Calder in Wakefield for a man from Bridlington who went missing five weeks ago.
The family of father-of-two Damion Vernon travelled from their home on the East Coast to watch the start of the search and continue their campaign to find out what happened to him.
Damion, who is 32, was on his way to pick up a car in South Yorkshire when he went missing. Relatives and police say his disappearance is puzzling:
Police will search the River Calder for Damion Vernon from Bridlington, who went missing before Christmas.
Since the last confirmed sighting of him in Bridlington on Monday 8 December, Humberside Police have grown increasingly concerned for Damion Vernon’s safety.
“We have now put out several appeals for information, but so far have drawn a blank. Our investigations have not found any sightings of Damion since he left his vehicle on Sycamore Street in Wakefield.
“We were hoping that our appeals would provide some information to us that would give us hope in finding him.
“We do not have any new specific intelligence to suggest that Damion has entered the River Calder but we are now having to look at the possibility that this may be the case. We are now in a situation where we must search the waterways surrounding the areas where Damion was last seen.
“A team of specialist divers will begin a search of the River Calder on Wednesday 14 January 2015.”
A new campaign has started to encourage fishermen to be vigilant during what is traditionally the deadliest month of the year.
The RNLI say more fishermen die in January than any other month and have released a series of videos promoting safety in the trade.
The films give practice advice on keeping boats stable and hope to reduce the chances of fishermen getting into difficulties at sea.
Detectives investigating the disappearance of Bridlington man Damion Vernon have released two new images of him.
32-year-old Damion was last seen on 8 December and it is thought he may have travelled to Wakefield to buy a car.
He is described as white, 6ft tall with a slim build and short wavy light brown hair.
We are growing increasingly concerned about Damion. He has not been in contact with his family over Christmas and his disappearance is very out of character.
By releasing these two images, taken as he went into a bank in Bridlington at 1415hrs on Monday 8 December, we are hoping that members of the public are aware of how Damion looked when he was last seen.
It is believed that he may have left the Bridlington area but we have had no sightings of him after the 8 December.
We are appealing for anyone who has seen Damion after the 8 December to contact us as a matter of urgency.
Police are renewing an appeal to find a father of two from Bridlington who has been missing since Monday 8 December.
32 year-old Damion Vernon was last seen in Wakefield and has not been in touch with friends or family since his disappearance.
Police are keen to find any information about Damion, or anyone who believes they may have seen him on the day he went missing.
Police are continuing to search for a father of two from Bridlington who went missing eight days ago.
Damion Vernon left the resort a week last Monday to borrow a car - but he hasn't returned home.
His family is sick with worry as Damion needs medication and has never been missing before. They've made a desperate appeal for help in tracing him. Helen Steel reports.
The family of a missing man from Bridlington say they're distraught at the thought of a Christmas without him.
Damion Vernon, who's receiving treatment for mental health issues, went missing last Monday after travelling to Wakefield to buy a car. His family says it's completely out of character and his children are missing him.
His brother Aaron and mother Margaret Fox have been speaking to ITV Calendar.
The fiance of Damion Vernon who has been missing from his home in Bridlington for more than a week has released new photographs of him in an effort to find him.
The 32-year-old was reported missing last Tuesday, but was last seen in Wakefield on Monday 8 December.
Mr Vernon’s disappearance is said to be out of character and he has not been in touch with his family or friends.
Police say they are becoming concerned for a missing Bridlington man who has not been seen for a week. Damion Vernon was last seen in Wakefield but has not been in touch with friends or family.