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Police appeal after man sells his motorbike before going missing

Have you seen Lee Leonard? Credit: Essex Police

Police are appealing for information about a man who sold his motorbike before going missing more than a week ago.

Lee Leonard, 51, has also taken his passport but does not have medication which he needs to take regularly.

He went missing from his home in Stambridge Road in Rochford, Essex but police believe he may be in London.

He has not been seen since 7am on February 28 and his family are very concerned for his wellbeing.

Lee is 5ft 6ins tall, of heavy build and with short shaven light brown hair and stubble.

He was wearing jeans and a black leather jacket when he disappeared.

"Our enquiries to date would suggest that Lee is still within the UK and that he may be in the London area.

"He has medical conditions which he needs to take regular medicine for and we do not believe he has access to those.

"Lee's disappearance is totally out of character and the longer he is missing, especially without access to his medication, the more concerned for him we are becoming. "If Lee sees this appeal I would ask him to make contact with the police or his family to let us know he is okay."

– Insp Paul Bates, Essex Police

If anyone has seen Lee, or knows of his whereabouts, please call police on 101.

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Properties evacuated as house collapses in Romford

A house in Romford was destroyed today. Firefighters were called to Rodney Way in Romford, early this morning. The property was being refurbishment at the time.

Credit: London Fire Brigade

The house was under refurbishment and had been completely stripped out. Fortunately, it was unoccupied at the time it collapsed and no-one was injured.

Had it collapsed when the builders working on the house were inside, they may not have been quite so lucky.

– Jason Frisby, London Fire Brigade
Credit: London Fire Brigade

The building fractured the incoming gas supply main when it came down, so eight people from neighbouring properties were evacuated and a temporary 50 metre exclusion zone has been put in place.

As soon as the gas supply has been isolated, the exclusion zone will be lifted and residents will be able to return to their homes.

– Jason Frisby, London Fire Brigade
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