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Family appeal for missing Barrow dad to come home on his birthday

Dad-of-two Tony Bond Credit: Family photograph

The family of a dad-of-two from Barrow, who has been missing for more than two years, say they are still hoping he will come home.

The appeal came on the day Tony Bond would have been celebrating his 42nd birthday.

Tony went missing on November 9, 2012. Extensive searches were conducted in the area at the time, including local outbuildings, waste ground, reservoirs and the Furness coastline - but there have still been no positive information or confirmed sightings.

Detective Chief Inspector Bob Qazi said: “We want to be able to tell the family what has happened to Tony. They are desperate to know if he is safe and well or know his whereabouts whatever the circumstance.

Det Ch Insp Bob Qazi Credit: Cumbria Police

“Tony left two children, Kai and Devon who still ask when their daddy will be returning home. It is a difficult situation for his family, who just want to have some closure.

Tony’s appearance may have changed from the picture, he may have lost weight or grown facial hair but we appeal to the public if they have any suspicions that they may have seen Tony, to contact us immediately.

“Tony is loved by his family and they hope that one day he will just walk through the door.

“We continue to believe Tony is still alive and may have left because of personal problems. It our wish that he just makes contact to let us know he is safe.

He is described as white, 5ft 10’ with mousey coloured shaved hair, and a rugged complexion. He was last seen in Schneider Road, Barrow in Furness, about 11pm wearing a black T shirt, blue denim jeans and a red ‘Berghaus’ type jacket.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Cumbria Police on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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Defence Secretary: Submarines built in Barrow will be Navy's most advanced

Defence giant BAE Systems is to invest more than £300 million at one of its sites, at Barrow in Cumbria, to "transform" its submarine building capabilities.

Defence Secretary Philip Hammond said:

"Barrow has a proven track record of designing and building submarines with a battle winning edge for the Royal Navy.

"The next generation nuclear-deterrent submarines that will be built in Barrow will be the largest and most advanced submarines ever operated by the Royal Navy.

The £300 million of infrastructure work that will take place over the coming years will not only protect 6,000 highly skilled jobs at the site, but also provide hundreds of additional construction jobs."

– Defence Secretary, Philip Hammond

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BAE Systems: Redevelopment of submarine site 'fundamental'

Tony Johns, Managing Director of BAE Systems Maritime said:

“Redevelopment of the site is fundamental to the future of our business and will ensure we stay at the forefront of submarine design, build, test and commissioning.

“This investment will provide a modern, 21st unique skills and expertise that have delivered complex submarines to the UK Royal Navy for over a century.

“The Successor programme, to replace the Vanguard class submarines, remains subject to final approval in 2016, but it is vital we begin these improvements now in order to achieve the Government's target of having the first submarine in service by 2028.”

– Tony Johns, Managing Director of BAE Systems Maritime

BAE Systems to invest £300m in site at Barrow

BAE Systems has announced it will invest £300m in its submarine yard in Barrow, in Cumbria, over the next eight years.

The money will be used to prepare the site for the next generation of nuclear submarines, which will replace the current Vanguard class.

A new building to store submarine parts and materials will also be built as part of the plans.

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