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Tuesday, April 16, 2024

Skelmersdale search continues for missing Brian Blakeman

Police are still searching Skelmersdale for a 77-year-old man who has been missing since December 5.

Brian Blakeman (pictured) is believed to be wearing a blue fleece jacket with an Everton FC badge on it, with jeans and trainers.

Search teams have been working day and night to find him, covering 14sq km of open land, including Beacon Country Park, Dalton Lees, Holland Moor, Tower Hill, West Pimbo, Tawd Valley Park, Westheads Clough, Delf Clough and Elmer’s Green.

They have been helped by a helicopter, the police drone team, Lancashire Fire and Rescue, Lancashire Fire and Rescue drone team, Bowland Pennine Mountain Rescue, Bolton Mountain Rescue, Mountain Rescue search dogs and the National Police Air Service (NPAS).

On Saturday, officers from the North West Underwater Search Unit searched three areas of open water.

Praise to the public

The police praised the public for their support and help during the searches and have asked people to carry on checking garden, sheds, outhouses and open spaces in the area.

It is possible Brian has walked some distance or used public transport. He could have made it as far as Parbold, Orrell, Bickerstaffe or Westhead.

Police are asking residents in Tanhouse, Fosters Green and Digmoor to check their CCTV and doorbell camera footage for between 9am and 4pm on Tuesday (December 5), for a possible sighting of Brian.

If you were driving in those areas and have dashcam, check your footage. Any information about Brian should be given in by calling 999 or emailing: [email protected]





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