Daughter of Thomas Diggle in plea to find missing 92-year-old Corbridge man

Loved ones of missing grandfather Thomas Diggle told of their heartache as police continue their search to find him

Dee Napier, daughter of missing Hexham man, Thomas Diggle pictured at Hexham Police Station wih son Eden Napier
Dee Napier, daughter of missing Hexham man, Thomas Diggle pictured at Hexham Police Station wih son Eden Napier

The daughter of missing grandfather Thomas Diggle has issued a heartfelt appeal to the public to help bring her father home.

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

Thomas’ daughter Dee Napier travelled to Corbridge, Northumberland , from her home in Sheffield to help with the search.

 

Last night she said the family have been thrown into turmoil since receiving the news of his disappearance.

“I’m just distraught,” said Dee, 60. “We just don’t know where he can be. He can’t walk very far, we just hope he hasn’t had an accident or has fallen in the river.

“We can’t do anything in this situation. He’s never done anything. He’s 92 and he’s frail.”

Mr Diggle, who is originally from Bellingham, 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 and the mountain rescue have carried out searches around Northumberland this weekend.

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.”

Thomas Diggle, of Abbeyfield House in Market Place in Corbridge who has gone missing
Thomas Diggle, of Abbeyfield House in Market Place in Corbridge who has gone missing
 

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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