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West Yorkshire Police are urgently appealing for information to trace a Horbury man who may have been in the Stalybridge area of Greater Manchester.
Leeds District CID would like to speak to anyone who has seen or has information about John Slaughter, 59, who was reported missing on Monday.
John was last seen leaving St James Hospital at about 6.38pm on Monday and authorities are very concerned for his welfare.
The 59-year-old, is described as white male, medium build, 5ft 10, with brown/grey hair in a shaved style.
He was last seen wearing navy jeans, hospital gown and a red jacket.
Officers believe he may well have recently been in Stalybridge.
Detective Inspector Phil Jackson of Leeds District CID, said:
We are very concerned for John's welfare as he may be in need of medical assistance and would urge him or anyone who has information to contact us.
A number of enquiries have been ongoing around St James Hospital area in Leeds, at John's address in Horbury and we are continuing to search for him in both locations as well as the Greater Manchester area.
- Anyone who has heard from John or has any information at all is asked to contact Leeds District CID at West Yorkshire Police on 101 referencing log number 1515 of May 15.
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He also criticised searching for individual members of staff to blame rather than “addressing some of the fundamental underlying issues".
Although we now have had a police national database operational since 2011 to enable forces to share intelligence it has to be acknowledged that having 43 separate police forces in England and Wales and no national headquarters for policing makes achieving consistent national standards all the more difficult...
When links are identified which cross force boundaries and periods of time there are some inevitable tensions in deciding which force will take on the investigation...
There is little public support for a national police force as is being created in Scotland but while localism has many strengths it does make it more difficult when cases cross boundaries and when we are trying to achieve national standards.
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She said it was a "profound concern" that "only very few people felt able to come forward" with their allegations.
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