Neighbours help in search to find missing Corbridge man Thomas Diggle

Community efforts were stepped up yesterday in the search to find missing grandfather Thomas Diggle

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

Neighbours of missing grandfather Thomas Diggle have come together in the search to find him, two weeks after he went missing.

The 92-year-old was last seen on March 27 at Abbeyfield House in Corbridge and he was reported missing the following day.

A major police hunt to find the grandfather-of-two continued yesterday. And people living in the village helped officers with their investigations yesterday by searching sheds and outhouses in the hope of finding clues as to where he might be.

Over the past two weeks officers have trawled the village on horseback, handed out leaflets to villagers and carried out searches of the river. But they have found no evidence that helps with the inquiry.

Chief Insp John Barnes said: “Information from members of the public can be crucial. It may be that some people only come into Corbridge once a week so revisiting the area one week on could provide us with something vital that will help locate him.

“Understandably his family are becoming increasingly concerned and we are continuing to provide them with support and keep them updated about our inquiries.

Thomas Diggle, 92, who has gone missing from Corbridge
Thomas Diggle, 92, who has gone missing from Corbridge

“Our searches of the area are continuing and we are utilising a range of resources to help us in locating Mr Diggle. The mounted section has assisted in the search, along with specially trained dogs.”

Mr Diggle’s daughter Dee Napier believes Mr Diggle slept in his room for at least part of the Thursday night in the week he vanished, leaving the sheltered accommodation block during the night or on the Friday morning. He left without taking his bank card, wallet or his medication. The 60-year-old said: “I just want to know what’s happened. I’m just worried now that we will never find out.

“It’s just hard to believe that there has been no single sign of him and that he has completely disappeared without a trace.

“We have spoken to people who live in the home, people down on the river and people in the village. A lot of people know him and remember him.”

Mr Diggle, who has lived at Abbeyfield for two years, was widowed when his wife Winnie died three years ago.

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

Anyone with information is asked to call police on 101.


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