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Saturday, 19 April 2014

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Police searching for missing Barrow man thank rescue teams for efforts

POLICE have thanked the coastguard, rescue teams and volunteers as they follow up potential sightings of missing Barrow man, Lewis Antoniou.

Lewis Antoniou
Lewis Antoniou

Lewis Antoniou, from Goldsmith Street, Barrow, was last seen on Saturday, September 29, in Jason Street, Walney, at about 10pm.

Detective Chief Inspector Bob Qazi said: “I would like to thank the Coastguard, mountain rescue teams, the RNLI and BAE Systems for all the help and support they have given the police in trying to find Lewis Antoniou.

"I also want to thank Lewis’s family and friends for all the effort and energy they havegiven to the search and general enquiries and, without whom, the investigation would have not have been as fast-paced.

“I would appeal again for anyone who may know of Lewis’ whereabouts to contact Cumbria police as soon as possible.

“Even the smallest piece of information may be a vital clue to his location.

“We are determined to find Lewis and our detectives will continue to work hard to ensure we do.”

Police have been searching the area in and around Walney Channel, especially Jubilee Bridge, after indications from his mobile phone placed him in that area.

Following enquiries and leafleting on Saturday, a number of reported sightings are being explored by officers working on the case of the missing 24-year-old BAE worker.

Police using sniffer dogs say they are also 95 per cent certain they have traced the route of Mr Antoniou to a spot by Walney Bridge.

Mr Antoniou’s father and his family came down from Scotland and spent the weekend putting up posters, distributing flyers and talking to people on Jubilee Bridge.

His father Costas Antoniou says he is totally devastated for his “wee boy”.

Anyone with any information regarding the whereabouts of Lewis is asked to contact Cumbria Police on 101 and ask to speak to an officer at Barrow CID.

Have your say

while i am in shock at the death of such a young man i am also concerned that the local team from Ulverston went on this search. As "Sky" has pointed out "I hope nothing happened around ulverston", of course we were lucky but it could so easily have not been the case and the team based here which is supported by our local community could have put lives at potential risk.I also have to agree with a number of posts, this is not the correct forum for "pr" especially with what has happened and those organizations that have jumped on here should be ashamed of themselves.
On a positive thought i am not in anyway "rubbishing" these teams they are a worth while cause and i will continue to support in the future but please please be sensitive to what you are doing.

Posted by ulverston and concerned on 26 October 2013 at 13:38

ALL of the people and organisations that have been searching for Lewis are to be commended bar none.
I applaud all of them. Barrovian, daltonian, ulverstonian. All of them.
That is all that must matter.
Hope must prevail over all else.

Posted by Martin on 8 October 2013 at 23:31

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