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19th November 2017

Update on missing man


Police investigating the disappearance of an 85-year-old man from Westerfield are continuing to appeal for help from the public.

Norman Carter left his home address in Lower Road on Monday 14 September at around 9.50am to go to his place of work in Cauldwell Hall Road, Ipswich, where he would normally remain at until 3.30pm.

His usual daily routine would be to catch the No.75 First Bus from the Old Cattle Market to Spring Road, from where he would walk to his place of work in Cauldwell Hall Road and then take the same bus back into the town centre in the afternoon, in time to get on the 4.15pm No.118 Galloway bus back to Westerfield, arriving in the village at 4.23pm.

Mr Carter failed to return home on Monday evening and was subsequently reported missing to police. His disappearance is considered out of character and as such family members and police are increasingly concerned for his welfare.

Initial police enquires included searches in Westerfield village, assisted by Suffolk Lowland Search & Rescue, the police helicopter and dog units. Officers also reviewed CCTV footage in Ipswich and liaised with the bus companies.

As a result of media appeals the last confirmed sighting of Mr Carter is now placed on Monday afternoon, travelling on the No.64 bus to Woodbridge, which left Ipswich at around 3pm. He is then thought to have made the return journey leaving Woodbridge at 4.38pm.

As a result of CCTV enquiries it would appear that Mr Carter may have got on the 6.16pm No.75 First Bus at the Old Cattle Market on Monday evening, remaining on it until it terminated in Great Eastern Square, Felixstowe around 7pm.

After alighting at Great Eastern Square it would appear he has then proceeded towards the town centre and may have continued on to the vicinity of the Spa Pavilion/Gardens as this is an area he likes to visit.

Detective Inspector Chris Hinitt, who has been leading the investigation, said: “I am appealing for anyone who believes they may have seen a man matching Norman’s description to contact us immediately.

“Although our latest enquiries have been focussed in Felixstowe, as that is the last place we have evidence of him travelling to, we cannot rule out the possibility that he has moved on from there, potentially back towards Ipswich or even Woodbridge, as we now know he travelled there on Monday afternoon.

“We would particularly like to hear from anyone who may have seen Norman either on, or waiting for, any of the buses mentioned, or who might have seen him in Felixstowe town centre or near the Spa Pavilion. Any piece of information, however small, may be crucial in helping to find him.”

“Norman’s family and police are very concerned for his wellbeing and are anxious for him to make contact with them.”

Police would like to hear from anyone who may have seen Mr Carter or a man matching his description.

He is described as white, 5ft 4in tall, of medium build, with white receding hair. He was wearing a blue long-sleeved shirt, blue blazer, mustard-coloured three-quarter length coat, brown trousers and carrying a black umbrella.

Anyone with information about Mr Carter’s whereabouts is asked to contact the duty sergeant at Felixstowe Police Station on 101.
Updated 18th September

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Police are continuing to appeal for help in tracing a missing man 85-year-old man from Westerfield.
Norman Carter was last seen leaving his home address in Lower Road on Monday 14 September at around 9.50am.
Mr Carter went to his place of work in Cauldwell Hall Road, Ipswich, where he would normally remain at until 3.30pm. His usual routine would then be to catch the No.75 First Bus back into the town centre, in time to get on the 4.15pm No.118 Galloway bus from the Old Cattle Market back to Westerfield, arriving in the village at 4.23pm.
Mr Carter failed to return home on Monday evening and was subsequently reported missing to police. His disappearance is considered out of character and as such family members and police are concerned for his welfare.
A number of police enquires have been taking place including searches in Westerfield village, assisted by Suffolk Lowland Search & Rescue, the police helicopter and dog units.
Officers have also been reviewing CCTV footage in Ipswich and liaising with the bus companies and now believe that Mr Carter may have got on the 6.04pm No.75 First Bus at the Old Cattle Market on Monday evening.
This is the bus he usually gets to go from the town centre to his place of work, getting off in Spring Road.
The bus then continues along onto Woodbridge Road East, Heath Road (via the Hospital), Bixley Road, Felixstowe Road (via Sainsbury’s), then onto Murrills Road in Purdis Farm, before continuing into Levington, Trimley (stopping at the sausage shop), and terminating at Great Eastern Square in Felixstowe.
Further enquiries carried-out today, Wednesday 16 September, have led officers to believe that Mr Carter remained on the bus until it reached Felixstowe around 7pm, where it would appear he has alighted at Great Eastern Square and proceeded towards the town centre.
imagePolice would like to hear from anyone who may have seen Mr Carter, or a man matching his description, at any stage of this bus route or more particularly in Felixstowe.
He is described as white, 5ft 4in tall, of medium build, with white receding hair. He was wearing a blue long-sleeved shirt, blue blazer, mustard-coloured three-quarter length coat, brown trousers and carrying a black umbrella.
Anyone with information about Mr Carter’s whereabouts is asked to contact the duty sergeant at Felixstowe Police Station on 101.

Update: 16th September

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