Live updates

Police warning not to approach missing man

An elderly man who has gone missing from his home in Sussex is believed to have travelled to the Hertfordshire area and police are warning that they are concerned for his welfare and also those who may come into contact with him.

man
Douglas Byelong has not bee seen since Thursday evening Credit: Sussex Police

Douglas Byelong, 74, has not been seen since he left his home in Bersted, Bognor Regis, on Thursday evening (April 3). However, police have information to suggest that he may have been in the St Albans area on Friday.

Mr Byelong does have a history of violence from nearly 20 years ago. However, he has not re-offended since, but he has a medical condition that may cause him to react angrily if he believes he has been offended or criticised.

He is described as white, 5' 9", of medium build, mostly bald with some white hair, blue eyes and wears glasses.

Detective Chief Inspector Tanya Jones, said: "While we don't think Mr Byelong is an immediate danger to the public - more to himself - he does feel that he is a younger man and we would recommend that anyone who sees him or knows where he is should not approach him, but call 999 immediately."

Advertisement

Think about the morning after when drinking

A cool beer could end in tragedy
People may be tempted to drink and drive in the hot weather Credit: PA

The council is distributing posters and leaflets to all pubs and sports and social clubs in the Wokingham Borough as part of the ‘Morning After’ campaign.

It reminds drinkers that they could still be over the drink-drive limit following summer afternoons and evenings spent with family and friends.

The consequences of drink driving Credit: PA

Julie Pillai, road safety officer, said: “With the longer summer evenings and the prospect of barbeques, garden parties, weddings and family gatherings, it’s all too easy to forget how many glasses of wine or beer have been topped up during the day.

“Drink driving is a year round problem, affecting families and communities, by somebody making the mistake of not realising how long it can take for alcohol to clear the system."

Drink drive warning

With the region in the grip of a heatwave, many people are tempted to have an alcoholic drink.

But many are unaware of the fact they may still be over the drink drive limit if they choose to drive the following day.

A campaign urging motorists to think about whether they are fit to drive has been launched by Wokingham Borough Council.

Police reveal details of scam

Kent Police have revealed details of the following scam incidents.

May 5, sometime between 12 – 1 pm, Tesco, Millstrood Road, Whitstable. Suspect described as light skinned, aged in his 30s, 6ft tall, slim build with dark hair.

May 9, ASDA, Sturry Road, Canterbury, woman went to back of car to help man with the map, passenger door left unlocked, later noticed card missing. Suspect man with tanned European skin, aged in 30s, around 5ft 6 to 5ft 7in tall with thick dark hair.

May 10, 3pm, TESCO, Smallhythe Road, Tenterden, Woman approached by a man and woman asking for directions. As the map was folded out over the top of the trolley she noticed that the woman was unzipping her purse. She told them to go and they fled.

Advertisement

Warning over scam

Shoppers in Kent are being warned to be vigilant over a scam.

It follows a number of incidents where people heading to their cars with their shopping in East Kent have been approached by a man asking for directions.

The man gets a map out and engages the victim in conversation to distract them while an accomplice steals their bank card from the passenger seat of the car, or top of the shopping trolley.

It is thought the suspects target their victims at the checkout and make a note of the PIN number entered by the victim into the chip and pin machine when they pay for their shopping.

With the victim’s PIN number they can then use the stolen card to withdraw cash.

Care home in Kent told to make urgent improvements

A Residential home in Chatham has been given an official warning by the Care Quality Commission following an unannounced inspection.

The authority has warned Acorn House Residential Home Limited that it is failing protect the safety and welfare of people.

Inspectors found that the home was failing to plan and deliver care in a way which met the individual needs of people in the home.

The Commission also found that staff were not being appropriately supported to perform their roles in terms of training and professional supervision.

It comes following the inspection that took place in May.

Advertisement

Today's top stories