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Tuesday, 29 July 2014

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‘Please come home Dad’ begs missing man’s son

By Gareth JonesPOLICE have stepped up their search for a man who has been missing for three weeks.

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SON’S ANGUISH: Missing Tony Bond with his son Kai, who has pleaded for his return

Tony Bond, 40, was last seen on November 9 and police have said they are growing increasingly concerned about him.

Yesterday, police officers, a helicopter and the Furness Mountain Rescue Team were all searching for Mr Bond.

Police believe that Mr Bond is still alive and searched areas around lower Hawcoat and Ormsgill, including Barrow cemetery and the Ormsgill reservoir.

Mr Bond lives on Island Road, Barrow Island, where his nine-year-old son Kai normally stays with him for half of the week.

And the South Walney Junior School pupil has made an emotional appeal for his dad to come home.

He said: “He is a good dad and I miss him a lot.

“I am worried about Christmas. It doesn’t matter if I don’t have any presents, it would be the best Christmas present ever if he came home.

“If I could speak to him I would say come home, we are really worried about you and want you to come home and be safe.”

Mr Bond is described as white, 5’ 10” tall with mousy-coloured hair and a rugged complexion. Shortly before he was reported missing 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 around 10.30pm on that Friday night and ask for anyone in the area at that time to cast their minds back and try and remember if they saw him walking along the street. Officers also think he may have been wearing a Berghaus style red jacket and jeans.

Detective chief inspector Bob Qazi said a team of detectives are working on the case as police have become more concerned for Mr Bond.

He said: “We are asking if people can look in any unoccupied properties or anywhere where they might think someone could have slept rough, and if there are any signs that someone has, we would ask them to come forward and contact us.”

DCI Qazi said that police believed Mr Bond is alive and urged him to get in touch.

He said: “We still believe that Tony is living somewhere in the Barrow area, possibly sleeping rough, and the searches are being made to establish his whereabouts and safety.”

During daylight hours yesterday, volunteers from the Duddon and Furness Mountain Rescue Team searched several parts of the area Mr Bond was last seen.

Team leader Mike Margeson said: “Police asked us on Wednesday night if we were able to assist and we were more than happy to help.”

l Anyone with information which could assist police in finding Tony Bond is asked to contact Barrow police on 101.

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