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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.

CCTV release in search for missing Matthew Jordan

Cumbria Police have released CCTV as they search for Matthew Jordan, 20, who went missing in Bowness-on-Windermere.

Matthew, who's from the Middlesborough area, hasn't been since 27th March following a night out.

Detective Chief Inspector Bob Qazi said: “The CCTV images show a male walking though the church yard next to the pub near to the pub that Matthew and his friends were at. We would like to speak to this man in the hope that he may have information on where Matthew went.

“I’d also ask that if there is anyone who may have seen a person matching Matthew’s description in the early hours of 27th March to get in touch.”

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Biker dies in road crash in Cumbria

Police are investigating after a biker died in a crash at Langston Fell yesterday.

A gold VW Tiguan was heading east on the A684 at around 2:15 when it collided with a black motorbike, a few miles East of Sedbergh. The rider a 55 year old man died at the scene.

Police are appealing for any witnesses to the collision or the circumstances leading up to it.

New Jetty for Tourists in Lakes

Jetty at Windermere
New Windermere Jetty

Tourists have a new attraction in Windermere. It's a floating jetty that's been towed up the length of the lake to its new home at Bark Barn on the eastern shore. It's been paid for by the Go Lakes Tourism board in the hope it'll bring more tourists to the quieter side of the lake.

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Cumbrian animal park welcomes arrival of rare giraffe

Rare giraffe born at South Lakes Wild Animal Park Credit: South Lakes Wild Animal Park

A West African giraffe, described as one of the rarest animals on earth, has been born at a Cumbrian wildlife park.

South Lakes Wild Animal Park at Dalton-in-Furness believe it the giraffe is the first of its type to be born in the country.

Only a few dozen currently exist in captivity and there are no more than 450 in the wild in West Africa.

Farmer's plea to dog owners after sheep attacked

A farmer in Bowness-on-Windermere is urging dog owners to keep their pets on a lead after two of his sheep were attacked.

Alan Clark's pregnant ewes needed stitches after a dog attack last week. The National Park is considering moving the footpath and creating a fenced-off bridleway, which some locals don't want. This was the third attack in three months.

Cumbria weather warning

The Environment Agency is warning that high winds, rain and tidal surges could cause disruption in Cumbria today and over the weekend.

The Met Office has issued ‘yellow alerts’ for rain and wind from today through to Sunday. Heavy rain is forecast, with the possibility of snow over higher ground.

Strong winds are also expected over Saturday and Sunday which, combined with high tides, could lead to coastal flooding caused by large waves and spray.

Heavy rain on already saturated ground will also heighten the risk of river and surface water flooding across the region.

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