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Update: Public organise search for missing Skegness man David Leman

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The family of missing Lincolnshire man David Leman have organised a public search for their loved one under the supervision of voluntary lifesavers.

David’s sister-in-law Abigail Taylor said family, friends and supportive Skegness residents would be returning to South Parade car park from 9am this morning (Thursday) after their initial public search earlier on Wednesday.

The search will be co-ordinated by Lincolnshire Community Assistance Team (LCAT), which is hoped to instil a more organised approach, compared with yesterday’s somewhat haphazard efforts.

Abigail said: “We are hoping to get as many volunteers as possible because we just need as many people as we can get - it’s going to be an organised search.

“We had quite a few people out today - some really good people who have taken time off work but tomorrow we will be properly organised.”

Details of the search will be posted on a Facebook page which almost 300 people have so far joined.

Police say the saltmarsh area of Gibraltar Point is dangerous terrain and searches there are being carried out by experienced trained professional teams.

Members of the public can help best by checking their sheds and outbuildings or anywhere that David may have taken shelter.

And even with the support of LCAT, officers were reluctant to officially endorse the public search, though they were also unwilling to stand in its way during such a difficult time for the family.

LCAT, which helped co-ordinate the search for missing Market Rasen woman Mary Scott earlier this year, has also urged any volunteers to be cautious.

Chairman Ian Clark said he was happy to help, pending police approval, but warned that large numbers of searchers could be difficult to organise.

He also stressed the need for volunteers to be fit and able and at least 16 years old.

No sightings of David have been reported since Monday, when he was first noticed missing after parking his car on South Parade in Skegness to take his dog Millie for a walk.

David is of mixed race, around six foot tall with a shaven head. His clothing was originally thought to have been jeans and a hooded jacket, though later reports suggest he was wearing tracksuit bottoms and a blue T-shirt.

Millie is a black dog with a white patch on her chest and she was wearing a red collar.

Emergency services searching for David on Monday night discovered Millie wearing her lead but were unable to locate her owner.

Abigail has made a specific appeal for anyone to come forward who might have seen Millie alone with her lead between 2pm and midnight.

Anyone with information should contact Lincolnshire Police on 101, quoting incident number 451 of February 4.

 

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