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Saturday, 25 October 2014

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Search for missing Barrow man widens to all North West

POLICE are widening their search for a Barrow man who has been missing for more than a month.

Tony Bond was last seen on November 9 and police have been working to try to locate the father-of-two.

Police helicopters and volunteers from the Duddon and Furness Mountain Rescue Team were involved in an extensive search of the Ormsgill and lower Hawcoat area where Mr Bond was last spotted and have distributed images of him throughout the town.

And now the search is set to widen, with leaflets being put up in train stations, public places and police stations in Cumbria and other parts of the North West.

Detective Chief Inspector Bob Qazi has been leading the investigation into Mr Bond’s disappearance and said police have not given up hope that they will find him.

He said: “What we are trying to do is to make sure that we cover as much as we possibly can.

“We are still working to the theory that Tony is in the area, however he could have left the area by now as it is a month on.

“What we need to consider is could he be in other parts of Cumbria, or especially with the geography of Barrow where it is easy to get to Lancashire, could he be in other parts of the country.

“We need to publicise that he could be somewhere else.”

DCI Qazi said that police have had reports of some sightings of Mr Bond but as yet none of this has led to evidence of where he may be.

He urged anyone who thinks they may have seen Mr Bond to come forward, or for Mr Bond to get in contact.

He said: “We are a month on now and if Tony can hear or see the message, we would urge him to come forward and contact us for the sake of his family.”

Mr Bond, 40, is described as white, 5’ 10” with mousey coloured, cropped hair, and a rugged complexion.

Shortly before he was reported missing on November 9, he was seen in Abbotsmead Approach, Barrow, wearing a white
polo top and blue jeans.

Police believe he was in the area of the roundabout at Schneider Road and Ainslie Street, Barrow at around 10.30pm that evening and may have been wearing a Berghaus style red jacket, jeans, a black T-shirt and blue Adidas trainers.

Anyone with any information is asked to contact Barrow police on 101.

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