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Police continue search for missing man with walk and appeal to local business owners


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Officers are continuing their search today for missing Mansfield man Michael Dennington.

The force’s Missing From Homes team will be retracing the last known steps of the 58-year-old, starting at Kings Mill Hospital.

Michael was seen leaving the hospital at around 8.06pm on 26 May and officers believe he was walking to his son’s house in Kirby-in-Ashfield.

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Detective Inspector Kim Binns is leading the investigation. She said: “This morning we continue to look for Michael and retracing his last known steps.

“We are keeping all options open at this stage.

“We know Michael left King’s Mill Hospital, but from there the trail ends so we are currently exploring two possibilities that he has either travelled further afield, as he seems to know lots of people in different areas, or fallen into difficulty and come to some harm nearby hidden away from view.

“We are also appealing to local business owners, particularly those on the nearby industrial estates to visit their premises and have a look around.

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Michael Dennington

“We would also urge any owners of the business or industrial premises adjacent to or next to the A38 in Coxmoor Road, Station Road and Penny Emma Way, who may have not been to their buildings as frequently in the current climate to assist us by visiting them please.

“In addition if anybody, including those business, have CCTV covering those paths on 26 May onwards to please contact us.

“We will keep searching and carrying out rigorous enquiries, but we are asking members of the public to keep an eye out for Michael and to get in touch with us if they have any information, no matter how small.”

His family have also pleaded for him to come home in an emotional appeal.

His son Jason Taylor only recently got back in touch with him having been estranged from him for around 14 years. He said: “I was really enjoying my seeing my dad again. He’d been back in my life for around five weeks where we would speak on the phone around three times a week and I’d see him about two times a week.”

Michael has mental health issues and spends time sleeping rough and sofa-surfing but his son Jason says it’s unusual for him not to speak to friends or family for this length of time.

“Clearly he’s a colourful character and not without his difficulties but he’s very sociable with friends and family all over the place who he would often speak to and visit,” he said.

If you have seen Michael or know where he might be, please call us on 101, quoting incident number 0758 of 31 May 2020. You can also call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Picture caption: Mapped images show red area where the search is continuing today.

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