Police search for missing man who could be staying in tent in West Yorkshire
Police are searching for a missing man who they believe could be staying in a tent in West Yorkshire.
Stuart Metcalfe, 47, of Fair View Road, Burnley, was last seen in the town at the end of August.
He was reported missing on October 14 after his family had grown concerned for his welfare.
A police investigation was launched and officers now know Stuart spoke with a PCSO in Skipton town centre earlier the same day.
He said he was staying in a tent in a field off the ‘Roman Road’ between Skipton and Ilkley.
Stuart also showed the PCSO his driving licence, confirming his identity.
Detective Chief Inspector Derry Crorken, of Lancashire Police, said: “This is a significant breakthrough in our investigation.
“I would urge anyone reading this appeal to have a good look at Stuart’s picture. We now believe he could be staying in a tent in a field or campsite in North Yorkshire or West Yorkshire.
“Do you recognise him? Have you seen him recently? Do you know where he is staying? If so, please come forward immediately.
“I would also encourage Stuart, if he reads this appeal, to contact us or his family to let us know he is safe and well.”
Stuart is described as white, 5ft 11ins tall, of medium build, with brown hair and brown eyes.
He has links to West Yorkshire and Cheshire.
Stuart told family in August he had been given a job in the Lake District and enquiries had been on-going with Cumbria Police into his whereabouts.
Several appeals for information were issued to try and find him, with reported sightings in the Warrington area, including Linear Park, Culcheth, in October.
Det Ch Insp Crorken added: “Stuart’s family remain very worried by his disappearance and would urge him to come forward and let them know he is okay.
“They just want to find him – any piece of information, however seemingly insignificant, could be crucial to locating him.”
Anyone with information is asked to call police on 101, quoting log 1542 of October 14.