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Denise Preston, who is 44 and from Barlby, Selby, was last seen on Wiggington Road, York at around 9.20pm last night Tuesday 7 January 2014.

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Missing persons' families a step closer to 'guardian' powers

Families of missing people could be given new powers under Government proposals to take care of the legal and financial affairs of their absent relatives.

Direct debits for mobile phones and utility bills and making mortgage payments are among some of the actions families could take under the status of "guardian of the property and affairs of a missing person".

This would be in addition to the introduction of "certificates of presumed death" which can be applied for by relatives from October 1.

Imagine someone you love going missing. Then imagine watching the life that you hope they will return to fall apart. Missing People regularly hears from distressed families who are unable to step in and look after their missing relative's property and finances while they are missing. In the worst cases, finances are destroyed beyond repair and homes can be lost. This is why Missing People has been campaigning for guardianship to enable families to protect a missing loved one's life in their absence, and we are delighted that the Government has launched a consultation on introducing it.

– Susannah Drury, Missing People charity

The Ministry of Justice is seeking views on whether a system should be created under which a person can be appointed to deal with the property and affairs of a missing person.

The sudden disappearance of a loved one, perhaps without any obvious explanation, is a traumatic event for even the most resilient. The emotional and personal problems caused by absences of several months or even years are all too obvious, but they can be compounded by the practical consequences of the disappearance. We are considering the creation of a status of guardian of the property and affairs of a missing person to help enable these problems to be solved.

– Lord Faulks, Justice Minister

Under the proposals, an appointment as guardian for a missing person would be made by the court after a person has been absent for at least 90 days.

The appointment would be for a period of up to four years with the possibility of extension for a further four, and the guardian would have to account for their actions to a supervisory body.

Police concern for missing Sheffield woman

Police are appealing for a woman missing from her home in Sheffield to make contact with her family.

Sharon Hill, 46, left her home on Spring Close View just after 1pm on Tuesday 19 August and her family has not seen or heard from her since.

Officers say she has not been missing before and her disappearance is out of character. She is white, 5ft 4ins tall, of medium build, with short, plum coloured hair.

She was last seen wearing a white t-shirt, a brown cardigan, black jeans and light blue trainers.

Police are urging Sharon to get in touch with her family or police to let them know she is safe and well.


Police appeal over missing pensioner

Police are appealing for help in locating a 75 year-old man who is missing from his home in Hull.

Missing pensioner John Bull
Pensioner John Bull who has not been seen since Monday Credit: Humberside Police

John Bull of Anlaby Road, was reported missing yesterday afternoon but he has not been seen since 5.40pm on Monday.

He is described as 5ft 1 tall with a slim build with grey receding hair and a full grey beard and moustache. He is believed to be wearing a brown tweed jacket with a grey jumper underneath, black trousers and black shoes.

Police concerned for missing woman in York

North Yorkshire Police say they are concerned for the welfare of Samantha Barr, who was last seen in York city centre on Saturday night. Officers have released this photograph, but no other details. Anyone with information should call 101 and quote log 353.

Missing in York
Samantha Barr Credit: North Yorkshire Police


Search for missing teenager

Police in Lincolnshire are searching for 17 year-old Simona Kozlovska, who was reported missing from the Carver Road area of Boston at 10.50pm on Monday 21 July, after failing to return from shopping in town.

Simona lives in Manchester and is visiting relatives in Boston. She is familiar with the town as has visited previously.

Simona is 5'7" tall, of medium build, and has shoulder length hair in a ponytail. When last seen, she was wearing a top with coloured flowers on, white trousers, and was carrying a white leather bag with jewels on.

Missing teenager Simona Kozlovska
Teenager Simona Kozlovska who has gone missing in Boston Credit: Lincolnshire Police

Police concerned for missing teen

Scarborough police are searching for a teenager who has not been seen since saying he was going camping with friends at the weekend.

Kieran Deighton
Kieran Deighton

Kieran Deighton, 16, left his home at around lunchtime on Saturday 19 July saying he was going with friends to the Mount.

He was last seen later that day at a shop on Castle Road but has not been seen since.

Police are appealing for anyone who might have seen him to contact them as Kieran is known to need medication.

Kieran is described as white, around 5ft 10in tall with a medium build, short, wavy ginger hair, brown eyes, with a pale freckled complexion.

When he was last seen he was wearing a white sweatshirt with a blue horizontal stripe, black jogging bottoms and dark blue suede trainers. He wears a diamond stud in his left ear.

Police search for missing Newark woman

Lincolnshire Police are appealing for information to help find 65-year-old Patricia Lawrence, who went missing this morning.

Patricia Lawrence was last seen on Thursday morning
Patricia Lawrence was last seen on Thursday morning

Patricia was last seen at her home in Cherry Lane, Stubton, Newark at around 7.30am wearing pyjamas and no shoes.

She is described as being of slim build and with shoulder-length blond hair.

Lincolnshire Police would like to hear from anyone who may have seen a woman matching her description.

Doncaster woman missing from home

Police are growing increasingly concerned for a 23-year-old woman who has not been seen for eight days.

Missing: Sherrie Heseltine

Sherrie Heseltine left her home in Skellow, Doncaster, at around 9.30am on Wednesday 2 July. She has not been seen or heard from since. Police believe she could be in the Liverpool area. Sherrie is white, of slim build, with long dark hair and glasses.

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