Mablethorpe vagrant Patrick is safe and well

Patrick Rooney.
Patrick Rooney.

PATRICK Rooney, the well-known vagrant of Mablethorpe, is safe and well in a care facility, the Leader understands.

Sixty one-year-old Patrick was taken in by social services last month for a six-week assessment at Lincoln County Hospital.

At the time of going to press he was recovering in the care facility of Langworth Ward, Witham Court at North Hykeham, near Lincoln.

Readers called us last Wednesday concerned that Patrick had sadly died, but a number of other local people have since confirmed that this is not the case.

Arthur Cole of Mablethorpe came into the Leader office to tell us that he had been to see Patrick at the care facility, and said that he was generally well and being looked after but is in need of indoor clothes.

Patrick has become a cult figure in Mablethorpe after living on the streets for many years.

A Facebook page calling for a statue of the man himself has over 500 members. Users of the online group has also expressed their concern that Patrick had died, with many already leaving tributes.

He could often be seen walking along the side of the road in and around the resort before he was taken into care.

Concerns had been raised about Patrick’s wellbeing and the matter was even raised at a Mablethorpe Town Council meeting.

Local resident Peter Gregory said: “He is settling down really well and is looking forward to people visiting him. Apparently they (the care facility) have had numerous phone calls asking about him.”

Staff at the care facility at North Hykeham were unable to speak on individual cases due to patient confidentiality laws.

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