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James Whitman

Police are appealing to the public to check their sheds and outbuildings for James Whitman one week on from when he was reported missing.

Officers are appealing to people living around Earlham Park and the University of East Anglia (UEA) in Norwich to check their sheds, outbuildings and gardens in the search for the 40-year-old and to call police if they have any information.

Superintendent Kris Barnard, who is leading the search, said: “It has now been over a week since James went missing and I’m sorry to say there hasn’t been any sign of him. Clearly this is very concerning, and his family and friends are desperate to know where he is.

“We have carried out extensive searches for James over the past week, and these will continue over the next few days. As part of this ongoing search, I am urging anybody who lives around the UEA and Earlham Park to please check any sheds or outbuildings on their property and contact us immediately if they have any information that could us help us find him.”

James, who lives in Gressenhall, was last seen leaving the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital at around 4pm on Monday 13 June 2022. He was reported missing shortly afterwards.

He is described as white, 5ft 10, with short blonde hair and is believed to be wearing a navy-blue polo top with ‘A’ on his chest, navy-blue trousers, and blue and white trainers. He was carrying a red and black rucksack.

Officers have made house-to-house enquiries, checked CCTV footage, carried out extensive searches involving volunteers from Norfolk Lowland Search and Rescue, police dogs and drone units and investigated reported sightings over the past seven days.

A search of the lake at the UEA on Friday (17 June 2022) didn’t find anything.

Anyone with information should contact Norfolk Police on 101 quoting incident number 341 of Monday 13 June 2022. 

 

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Appeal to trace missing man
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Police are appealing for help to trace a man who went missing from Norwich this afternoon (Monday 13 June 2022).

James Whitman, age 40, was last seen at the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital at around 4pm today (Monday 13 June 2022).

Police are growing concerned for the welfare of James who officers believe may have been in or around the area of Earlham Park in Norwich late this afternoon or evening.

James, who lives in Gressenhall, is described as white, 5ft 10, with short blonde hair which is thinning on top. It’s believed he is wearing a blue polo top with the letter ‘A’  on the chest, navy trousers and is carrying a blue rucksack.

Anyone with information should contact Norfolk Police on 101 quoting incident number 341 of today (13 June 2022).

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Searches continue for missing man
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Police are continuing to search for a 40-year-old man who went missing in Norwich yesterday (Monday 13 June 2022).

Officers are appealing for anybody walking around the areas of Eaton, Bowthorpe, Cringleford and Earlham Park in Norwich to look out for James Whitman who was last seen at the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital at around 4pm yesterday.

James is described as white, 5ft 10, with short blonde hair which is thinning on top. He could be wearing a blue polo top with the letter ‘A’ on the chest or a grey polo short, and navy trousers or grey Superdry jogging bottoms. He was also carrying a red and black rucksack.

A team of officers, volunteers from lowland search and rescue and the police dog and drone units are continuing to search for James in the area around Earlham Park, University of East Anglia, Bowthorpe, Cringleford and Eaton. However, there have been no sightings of him.

Officers believe he may have been in Earlham Park late yesterday afternoon and into the evening after leaving the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital.

Inspector Adam Binns, who is leading the search, said: “James is vulnerable at the moment and as more time passes, we’re becoming increasingly concerned about him.

“I want to appeal to residents in those areas to look out for James or anybody fitting his description who appears to be in distress, and please do call us straight away if you see him or come across something that looks suspicious or doesn’t quite add up.”

Anyone with information should contact Norfolk Police on 101 quoting incident number 341 of Monday 13 June 2022.

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Police have released a CCTV photo believed to be the last known sighting of missing man James Whitman.

The photo shows James leaving the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital at around 4pm on Monday 13 June. He was reported missing shortly afterwards

James is described as white, 5ft 10, with short blonde hair which is thinning on top. This latest image shows him wearing a navy-blue polo top with ‘A’ on his chest, navy-blue trousers, and blue and white trainers. He can also be seen carrying a red and black rucksack.

Officers have made house-to-house enquiries, checked CCTV footage and carried out extensive searches involving volunteers from Norfolk Lowland Search and Rescue, police dogs and drone units over the past two days.

Inspector Adam Binns, who is leading the search, said: “There have been a number of sightings of James reported to us over the last 24 hours that we’re following up but I’d still appeal to the public to continue to be attentive.

“Hopefully this new CCTV image may trigger someone’s memory – perhaps someone who may have seen him or the direction in which he was travelling? Please contact us if you see anything – I think people worry about calling police because perhaps they think their information may be insignificant, but it may just be the missing jigsaw piece for us.”

Anyone with information should contact Norfolk Police on 101 quoting incident number 341 of Monday 13 June 2022.

 

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Police search lake for missing man
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Police will be searching the lake at the University of East Anglia today (Friday 17 June) for missing man James Whitman.

The 40-year-old was last seen leaving the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital at around 4pm on Monday 13 June 2022. He was reported missing shortly afterwards.

Inspector Adam Binns, who is leading the search for James, said: “We’ve been looking for James for the past three days, we've searched the local area using police dogs and drones, helped by volunteers from Norfolk Lowland Search and Rescue, carried out house-to-house enquiries and investigated reported sightings, and I’m sorry to say that, unfortunately, there isn’t any sign of him.

“This, combined with the results of our enquiries, suggests something may have happened to him. Today our focus turns to searching the lake at the UEA.”

James is described as white, 5ft 10, with short blonde hair. He is believed to be wearing a navy-blue polo top with ‘A’ on his chest, navy-blue trousers, and blue and white trainers. He was carrying a red and black rucksack.

Anyone with information should contact Norfolk Police on 101 quoting incident number 341 of Monday 13 June 2022.