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Body of missing Richard Cole found in an Amsterdam canal

Richard Cole hadn't been seen since January 25. Credit: Family

The body of a British man, who went missing in Amsterdam has been found in a canal - Dutch police have confirmed.

30-year-old Richard Cole, from Dursley in Gloucestershire, had been travelling from Copenhagen to Assen via the Dutch capital when he went missing.

He'd been in the Thorbeckeplein area of the city at about 2am UK time on January 25 when he vanished.

His body was found using sonar equipment and recovered by police divers after a tracker dog became "restless" around the Herengracht canal.

It was identified by Mr Cole's brother Lee who had gone to Amsterdam to visit bars and distribute leaflets as part of the search.

The Dutch police will continue to investigate the circumstances surrounding Richard’s death and detectives from Gloucestershire will be liaising with them in order to provide information to the coroner’s office.

Richard has been formally identified by his brother Lee"

– Gloucestershire Police


Missing man's family fly to Amsterdam to help search

Richard and his mother Debbie Credit: Debbie Thornhill/Facebook

The family of a Gloucester man who has gone missing in Amsterdam have flown out to the city to join the search.

30-year-old Richard Cole from Dursely had been travelling from Copenhagen to Assen via the Dutch capital when he disappeared.

He was last seen in the early hours of January 25, where he spoke to his girlfriend on the phone.

Credit: Debbie Thornhill/Facebook

Man missing from Bristol

Can you help us find missing Luke Stillwell? Credit: Avon and Somerset police

Police are concerned for a man missing from Bristol who was last seen leaving Southmead Hospital yesterday (Jan 22) afternoon.

Luke Stillwell, 33, is described as white, 6ft 2ins tall, of stocky build with cropped brown hair and a brown beard.

He was last seen wearing brown jogging bottoms, a brown hooded jacket, flip-flops, a hospital gown and a grey beanie hat. Luke was being treated for a foot injury so might be limping.

He has links to the Horfield and Frenchay areas.


Man vanishes after dropping his wife off at station

If you see Alexander Gattas please call 999 Credit: Gloucestershire Police

Police are appealing to the public to help trace a missing man from Cheltenham.

37-year-old Alexander Gattas was last seen by his wife as he dropped her off at Cheltenham train station at around 8.20am on 7 January.

  • white
  • 5ft 11ins tall
  • medium-large build
  • short brown hair and a short beard
  • usually wears glasses
  • last seen wearing navy-blue chino-type trousers, a white shirt with a dog pattern on it, a burnt-orange sweatshirt with a white logo on it, brown brogue-type shoes and a green Barbour jacket

It is thought that Alexander is in the Cheltenham or surrounding area.

Police and Alexander's family are extremely concerned for his welfare and are asking anyone who may have seen him to call police on 999 immediately, quoting incident number 449 of January 7.

Police confirm possible DJ Derek sighting is false

Man photographed at Waterloo station on Dec 21st is not DJ Derek Credit: Family

Police have confirmed a photo circulated widely on social media of a man at Waterloo Station is not missing Derek Serpell-Morris - known as DJ Derek.

Avon and Somerset police say they have worked closely with colleagues at the Metropolitan Police who have identified and spoken to the man photographed.

74-year-old Derek Serpell-Morris has been missing since July. His family have spent months taking to the streets and spreading the word on social media to try and find him.

Derek Serpell-Morris has been missing since July Credit: ITV News

Renewed appeal for missing teenager

Have you seen Siann Miles? Credit: Avon and Somerset police

Police are appealing for help in finding a missing teenager.

Siann Miles, 16, from South Gloucestershire, has not been seen since December 17th.

She is believed to be in the Euston area of London and in the company of an older man. She has made contact since she was last seen.

Sian is described as white, with long brown hair, of a slim build and approximately 5ft tall.

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