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River searches for missing Rory Johnson postponed

North Yorkshire Police say that searches in York's River Ouse for missing man Rory Johnson have been postponed for today.

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The Regional Underwater Search Team based at Humberside Police have made a safety assessment of the river this morning.

Due to adverse weather conditions and the current level of the river, it has been decided that the river is not safe enough for searches to resume today.

An assessment will be made again tomorrow morning by the Underwater Search Team, to determine whether it is safe for searches to go ahead.

Rory's family have been made aware and are being supported by specialist police officers.

Searches continue in York for missing Rory

Rory Johnson hasn't been seen since Friday Credit: North Yorkshire Police

Searches will resume this morning in York's river Ouse for a man who has been missing for more than four days.

29-year-old Rory Johnson from Skipton was last seen heading to a bar during a night out in the early hours of Friday morning.

Teams have searched the river for the past three days looking for him.


Missing Rory Johnson: Timeline of events

Police searching for missing Rory Johnson in York have released future information about his disappearance.

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The 29-year-old from Skipton went missing on Thursday night, into Friday morning.

Here is a timeline of events as police understand them, leading to Mr Johnson's disappearance on the night

  • 11.30pm: Mr Johnson was at the The Postern Gate Wetherspoon pub - where he met someone (a hotel guest) and their father.
  • Midnight: Mr Johnson returned to Travelodge (York Central) with the two people he had met. Mr Johnson was staying the night there with his friend.
  • 12.15am: Mr Johnson left the hotel with one of the hotel guests he had met at the pub to go to another pub (unknown at this time).
  • 12.30am: Mr Johnson went missing. The person he had met assumed he had gone to the toilet or returned to the hotel.

Police divers and York boat rescue are extensively searching the River Ouse.

Search intensified for missing man in York

Police divers have intensified their search for Rory Johnson in York.

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The 29-year-old from Skipton was last seen on a night out in the early hours of Friday.

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York rescue boats have once again been combing the River Ouse and its banks this morning.

Posters have also been put up around York to appeal for information from the public.

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River search continues for missing man in York

A search of the River Ouse has been underway today for a man missing in York after a night out. Police divers and the York rescue boat have been combing the river and its banks for any sign of 29 year Rory Johnson. He'd been out drinking with friends in the city - but never made it back to his hotel. Katie Oscroft reports.


Search for man missing after night out in York

Concern is growing for for a 29-year-old man from Skipton who has been reported missing while on a night out in York.

It's feared Rory Johnson may have got into difficulty while walking near the River Ouse and the Humberside Police Underwater Search Unit is today carrying out searches in the City Mills and Skeldergate Bridge area.

Missing: Rory Johnson

Mr Johnson was last seen by his friend at 12.15am on Friday, November 20th when he left the York Central Travel Lodge on Piccadilly where they were staying the night.

He never returned to the hotel and failed to turn up for work in Skipton on Friday evening. His mobile phone is also going to answer phone and he has not been in contact with his family, which is out of character.

Extensive police enquiries are ongoing to trace Mr Johnson and to establish his movements on Thursday evening and into the early hours of Friday morning.

The two friends were in The Postern Gate Wetherspoon pub from around 11.30pm on Thursday, and Mr Johnson headed back out after returning to the nearby Travel Lodge for a short time at around midnight.

Mr Johnson is 5ft 6in tall, slim, with has short mousy-coloured hair. He was wearing a round-neck black top, blue jeans and white and navy trainers.

Anyone who remembers seeing him, or someone matching his description in York on Thursday evening or Friday is asked to get in touch with the police on 101, quoting reference number 12150207141.

Missing Skipton man's car found in Lancashire

Police searching for a man missing from Skipton, North Yorkshire have found his car in Lancashire.

Missing Michael Watson Credit: North Yorkshire Police

Michael Watson, 41, has not been seen since Monday 7 September 2015 when he left his work at the local Mercedes-Benz garage.

Over the weekend, his black Mercedes-Benz C-Class car was found parked in Barnoldswick, Lancashire. The search has now shifted to that area.

Mr Watson is described as white, 5ft 11in tall, medium build and has green eyes and wears glasses. He was last seen wearing a plain white dress shirt, black trousers, Chelsea boots and a Mercedes-branded, waist-length, dark-coloured outer coat.

Growing concern for missing Skipton man

Police are becoming increasingly concerned for missing Skipton man Michael Watson.

Michael Watson has not been seen since last Monday Credit: North Yorkshire Police

41-year-old Mr Watson has not been seen since 3pm on Monday, September 7th when he left his work at the local Mercedes-Benz garage.

It is believed he may be in the Gargrave area. He drives a black Mercedes-Benz C-Class car, registration number YG63 KSJ, which has also been spotted in the Kirby Lonsdale area of Cumbria.

Mr Watson is described as 5ft 11in tall, medium build and has green eyes and wears glasses. He was last seen wearing his work clothes comprising black trousers and a black polo shirt with the Mercedes-Benz logo on it.

If anyone has spotted a man matching his description or his black Mercedes C class car, please contact North Yorkshire Police as a matter of urgency. Dial 101, select option 1, and speak to the Force Control Room. Please quote reference number 12150158805.

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