Agony goes on for family of missing Corbridge grandfather Thomas Diggle

Northumbria Police continue to search the Corbridge area for missing grandfather Thomas Diggle who was reported missing on Friday

Police search the area surrounding Abbeyfield House in Corbridge, from where Thomas Diggle has gone missing
Police search the area surrounding Abbeyfield House in Corbridge, from where Thomas Diggle has gone missing

Searches are carrying on for missing grandfather Thomas Diggle.

The 92-year-old has not been seen since Thursday evening and a major police hunt to find him has been launched.

Yesterday checks with local bus companies and residents failed to find any trace of him.

Thomas’s daughter Dee Napier, 60, said: “We just don’t know what to think. You automatically think the worst. I just wish we knew. The police have done everything they can and nobody has seen him.”


Mr Diggle, who is originally from Bellingham, Northumberland, was reported missing from Abbeyfield House in Corbridge on Friday.

Dee, a mother-of-two, believes he slept in his room during Thursday night and left the sheltered accommodation block during the night or on the Friday morning.

He left without taking his bank card, wallet or his medication.

Police have carried out searches of the river in Corbridge, checked CCTV in local shops and carried out door-to-door inquiries.

Mr Diggle, who has lived in Abbeyfield for two years, lost his wife Winnie three years ago.

Dee said: “He sometimes gets himself mixed up but before he went missing he was completely fine. He was chatting to staff in the home and there was no indication that he was unhappy. He’s been fine for the past few months. His wife died a few years ago and he found that hard but he’s been OK.”


It’s around three weeks since Dee last visited her father, but she spoke to him on the telephone just over a week ago.

She is now appealing for anyone who thinks they might have seen him to get in touch.

She said: “If anyone remembers anything or thinks they might have seen him then I would like them to get in touch. If anyone remembers seeing him on Friday then tell the police. They have checked everywhere and checked all CCTV and found nothing.”

Mr Diggle is white and 5ft 9ins tall with thin grey hair, and walks with a stoop. He was wearing a flat cap, dark coloured long wool coat and had a walking stick.

He is the second person to go missing from Abbeyfield House. In 2012, Monica Dixon vanished from the unit before she was found 48 hours later just a quarter of a mile from the care home.

If you have any information you can call police on 101, extension 69191, quoting log number 431.


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