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Disappearance of 85-year-old man described as 'totally out of character'

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Police are renewing appeals for information about an 85-year-old man whose disappearance is described as "totally out of character".

Brian Smart was last seen on Tuesday at his home in Abbey Wood, south east London at about 7.30pm.

He is described as being very fit for his age and is known to visit Bexleyheath, Dartford and Bluewater.

It is possible he was seen on Wednesday at about 3.30pm near the bowling green in Longleigh Lane, off Bostall Hill in Abbey Wood but police have not been able to confirm this.

Brian's disappearance is totally out of character.

We are increasingly concerned for his welfare and his family are extremely worried.

We would urge anyone with information on his whereabouts to call as soon as possible.

– Det Sgt Lisa Butle

Anyone with information is asked to call police in Greenwich on 07770 825571 or via the police non-emergency line 101.


30 firefighters tackle fire which completely guts flat

Firefighters were drafted in from around the capital to bring the fire under control Credit: Anthony Graham

Thirty firefighters tackled a fire in a south east London maisonette last night which spread to the neighboring flat.

The fourth floor flat in Abbey Wood was completely gutted as well as a large amount of damaged cause the the floor below.

Firefighters were called at 10.30pm and used thermal imaging and a special aerial vehicle used to bring the blaze under control.

It is believed the flat was unoccupied.

Police have asked anyone with information about the fire to contact them on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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Teenage boy dies after being hit by a bus in Abbey Wood

A teenage boy has died after being hit by a double decker bus in South east London this evening.

The accident happened just after 5pm on Eynsham Drive in Abbey Wood. London Ambulance service attended, but he died at the scene. No arrests have been made.

14-year-old bailed after schoolboy stabbed in south-east London

A 14-year-old boy arrested on suspicion of GBH, in connection with the stabbing of a schoolboy, also aged 14, has now been bailed.

The victim, who suffered wounds to his leg and back, was stabbed on Friday, in Abbey Wood, south-east London. Witnesses described him being attacked by two black males. One was believed to have a knife and the other a metal pole.

"At 11.19 in the morning traffic was busy and there would have been a number of people present in the area. I am appealing for witnesses who may have been present at the time the incident took place to contact police.

I would like to reassure any potential witnesses who may be worried about making contact with police that Trident has extensive expertise in protecting witnesses and there are a range of measures that can be taken to protect you."

– Detective Sergeant Ewan Robertson, Trident's South Reactive Team

Anyone with any information is urged to call the Trident incident room on 0208 247 4877. To remain anonymous call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.


Crossrail waiting for flooding report

Crossrail has said it is waiting for a report from an independent specialist into why the pitches at an Abbey Wood sports club have become waterlogged.

"We have commissioned a report from an independent specialist into the cause of the flooding and the initial findings are due shortly. To help the club we have been pumping water off the pitches and once we have the findings of the report we will consider what further action can be taken.”

– Crossrail

Thames Water: Abbey Wood sewers are not to blame

Thames Water has said the water that has flooded sports pitches in Abbey Wood has not come from their sewers. The pitches' owner has blamed nearby work on the Crossrail link for causing the flooding.

"We have been monitoring our sewers in the area and they are working as they should. Tests carried out on the floodwater in October suggest that this is groundwater that has not been able to drain away."

– Thames Water

Crossrail blamed for flooded sports pitches

A sports club in South East London has said its flooded sports pitches have been caused by nearby works on the Crossrail link. Martin Masher, who owns the Seven Acre Sports Club, filmed this video of the waterlogged pitches.

He says the problem started seven months ago and he has been unable to get Crossrail to take action. The club has been unable to play any matches this season.