Humberside Police Appeal, Do you know this man’s identity?


Article Posted (27 January, 2014 @ 14:51:22)

Police need assistance to locate the friends and family of man in North East Lincolnshire

In around September 2013 a man was brought to the attention of police in North East Lincolnshire who appeared to be sleeping rough in the Cleethorpes area. Since that time police and a number of agencies have been working to try and establish an identity for the man, however this has proved unsuccessful.

The man, who has been fully co-operative with the police and the other agencies, gave his name as David THORPE, or a first name of Tony, and his date of birth as 05 October 1955. A thorough search of both police and NHS systems cannot find a man with those details. He states he thought he was from the Rotherham area, but was not sure and he could have connections in Blackpool.

The man has advised police that he suffers from a disorder called dissociative fugue. This is often connected to some form of traumatic experience and can cause loss of memory. The man is well spoken and has a northern accent – which could be from either the Yorkshire or Lincolnshire area. He is not a person who sits begging on the street and he is not wanted for any criminal offences.

An image of the man has been sent to national media.

DCI Paul WELTON said: “This is very rare case in which somebody will come to an area, and have no idea who they are and if they have any family. We have not been able to establish how the man came to stop in North East Lincolnshire, however we are doing all we can to help him find his family and friends.

“The man is no longer sleeping rough and is being supported by the police and a number of agencies. He does not drink alcohol and does not take any form of drugs or medication, this is a genuine case of somebody who really does need to the help of the public to return home to his family and his friends.

“Anyone, who may think they can help this man find out who he is should call Humberside Police as a matter of urgency. We want to all we can to help him but we can’t do that if somebody does not come forward to tell us who he is.”

If you think you can help identify this man then please call Humberside Police tel 101 and quote log 314 of 24 January 2014.


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