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Missing man Charlie Clift 'bought outdoor gear' before disappearing

Charlie Clift was last seen in Fort William town centre on Tuesday 30 January. Photo: Police Scotland/PA Wire

Fears are growing for a south Wales man who has been missing in the Scottish Highlands for more than a week.

Charlie Clift was last seen in Fort William town centre on Tuesday 30 January.

He is believed to have bought hiking and outdoor equipment, including a a grey beanie hat, fleece, socks, a map and a rucksack, after checking out of a hotel in the town.

Police are now appealing to walkers around Ben Nevis and local hiking routes to look out for the 56-year-old.

Mr Clift is 5ft 10in with a medium build, bald, and occasionally wears glasses. When last seen he was wearing a blue jacket.

Officers and his family are said to be increasingly concerned for his safety as bad weather sweeps the area.

The 56-year-old is understood to have bought hiking equipment before he disappeared. Credit: Police Scotland/PA Wire

Inspector Andrew Bilton said: "Officers are making inquiries with local businesses and hotels as it is believed Mr Clift made purchases from a number of outdoor shops in the town centre after checking out of a hotel on Tuesday January 30.

"Police are appealing to residents and visitors in the local area to remain vigilant and report any potential sightings of Mr Clift.

"In particular, we are hoping to communicate our appeal to outdoor enthusiasts and walkers who may be in vicinity of Ben Nevis-Fort William and other local hiking routes. Please bear Mr Clift's description in mind when out and about and make contact via 101 with any information."

Inspector Bilton added: "Given the lack of contact from Mr Clift and the decline in weather conditions, his family, friends and officers are understandably increasingly concerned for Mr Clift's welfare and we would therefore urge anyone with information, no matter how insignificant it may seem, to contact police on 101."