New computer software could track down missing people more quickly and efficiently. Details of people who've previously gone missing and where they were found, for example, are loaded onto an app which can be accessed on computers and mobile phones. Kent Search and Rescue then uses the data to try to locate the person if they disappear again. Tom Savvides talks to Stewart Baird from Kent Search and Rescue and computer specialist Stuart Kenny.
The family of a man who went missing while holidaying on the Isle of Wight have made a desperate appeal for him to get in touch.
71-year-old, Michael Davies, was on a coach holiday with his wife when he disappeared from a hotel in Sandown a week ago.
His granddaughters say their life is in limbo until he's found. Hannah Thomas reports.
Police are appealing for information to find a teenage girl missing from Hampshire.
The last contact with 16-year-old girl Laima Sinka was over the phone on the morning of Friday when her exact location was not known.
A mobile phone belonging to Laima was later found in the Reading area of Berkshire near the River Thames.
Enquiries to find Laima are focused on the Reading, Farnborough and North Hampshire areas:
Laima is described as:
- 16 years old
- Slim build
- 5ft 5 ins to 5 ft 6ins tall
- She has long dyed blonde hair, shaved on her right side
She was last seen wearing cut off ripped jeans and a multi-colour crop top.
Police are also appealing directly to Laima to make contact to let us know she is ok. She is not in any trouble, and we just want to know that she's safe and well.
Laima, witnesses or anyone with information are asked to contact Hampshire Constabulary by phoning 101. Mini-com users can phone 18001 101.
Officers are becoming increasingly concerned for the welfare of a missing Weymouth woman and are asking for the public’s help in finding her.
Anita Hansford, 55, was last seen at 8.30am on Saturday 30 May 2015 at her home in the Sutton Poyntz area of the town.
It is believed that Anita was in the Weymouth or Dorchester area at around 11am on Saturday morning and may have travelled to Exeter arriving by 6.30pm. Her whereabouts at this time are unknown.
Anita is described as white, five feet six inches tall, of medium build with shoulder-length hair dyed blonde and greying at the roots. She has a raised mole on the inside of her right eye next to her nose. She was last seen wearing blue jeans, a pale blue turquoise T-shirt with a motif and white trainers.
Officers have been searching the Weymouth area today, Sunday 31 May 2015, assisted by the NPAS helicopter.
“We are becoming increasingly concerned for Anita. Her disappearance is out of character. It is important that we find Anita and I urgently want to hear from anyone who may have seen her or a woman matching her description in Sutton Poyntz early on Saturday morning or in Weymouth or Dorchester at around 11am that same day. While we believe Anita may have travelled to Exeter later on Saturday, we are keeping an open mind as to her whereabouts and searches have been taking place in the Weymouth area today. If Anita sees this appeal I would urge her to make contact with Dorset Police immediately to let us know she is safe. Your family wants you home.”
We are continuing our appeal for help to trace missing Southampton man Barrie Thompson, 51.
Barrie has been missing since Thursday, May 14 and we are extremely concerned for his welfare.
He is described as:
- White man
- 5ft 11ins
- Hazel coloured eyes
- Big build
- Short cropped hair
- Wears glasses
Specialist officers are following up a number of enquiries and continuing to search the Woodmill Lane area of Mansbridge.
We are grateful to members of the public who have come forward with information, and would ask people to please remain vigilant and contact police on 101.
Have you seen missing 56-year-old Bill Johnson?
Bill has not been seen since Friday 1 May and police are becoming increasingly concerned for his welfare.
He left his home in Littlehampton on 1 May and went to the town's railway station where he was recorded on CCTV at 8.30am.
Bill sent a text message to a friend the following day but has not been in contact with anyone since 2 May.
He is white, slim and has short grey hair and a scar on his upper lip.
"We have been looking for Bill for several days but have so far been unable to find him. We know that he is a regular churchgoer, usually in Chichester, but he could go to a service somewhere else so I am keen for the members of congregations in West Sussex to keep an eye out for him on Sunday in case he turns up for mass. We also know that he uses buses and trains to get around and that he particularly likes to go to the harbour area of Littlehampton and the seafront in the town. If you have any idea where Bill is, please get in touch with us."
Detectives investigating a report of a missing woman in Deal have charged a man with murder.
Mariola Cudworth, also known as Mijka, was reported missing from her home in Northbourne on Thursday 30 April.
The last known contact with Mijka was just before midnight on Tuesday 28 April and she remains missing.
Detectives have charged Jonathon Cudworth, 34, of Northbourne in Deal, with murder.
He has been remanded in custody to appear at Medway Magistrates’ Court via video link on Friday 8 May.
Police are appealing for information about the whereabouts of a missing teenager from the Isle of Wight.
Mason Gagen, aged 15, was last seen at around 7.30am on Thursday, April 30, 2015, having left his home address in Wroxall.
He is described as:
- 5ft 5ins to 5ft 7ins tall
- Slim build
- Black hair with ginger undertones, styled in a quiff
“We're becoming increasingly concerned for Mason's welfare. It's believed he may be attempting to travel to, or be in the Yorkshire area. If you have seen him or know where he is, please contact officers at Newport police station. Equally I would appeal to Mason directly to contact police to let us know he’s ok.”
Police would like the publics help in finding a 13-year-old boy who is missing from Southampton.
Ashley Bailey, who goes to Redbridge Community School in Cuckmere Lane, Southampton, didn’t turn up at school today.
The teenager was last seen at about 4.30pm walking along the A35 towards Bournemouth. Before that he was seen at the Holmsley Tea Rooms in Burley in Dorset.
Ashley is described as-
- WhiteFive feet four inches tall
- Black hair
- Skinny build
- He was wearing his Redbridge Community School uniform – navy blue hoody with white Redbridge Community School logo, black trousers and black shoes.
Police are concerned for the welfare of teenager Dominic Abnett who has gone missing from his home in Seaford.
The 17-year-old was last seen at 11am on Friday. He is known to frequent the Brighton area.
Dominic is described as white, 5' 8", is slim and has straight ginger hair, and blue eyes. It was not known what clothing he was wearing.
"Although Dominic has gone missing before, we are concerned for his welfare. If anyone sees Dominic or knows where he is please contact police."