Farmers urged to search barns in hunt for missing man

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POLICE hunting for a man who has been missing for more than a week are now urging farmers to join the search.

They want them to check barns and other outbuildings as efforts continue to trace Graham Roskell, 65, who was last seen on November 3 leaving Harrogate District Hospital, where he was receiving treatment.

As a result of media appeals there have been more than 40 reported sightings so far and each is being checked out by officers.

Inspector Dave Hall said: “There is still a real need for residents in and around Harrogate to search their outbuildings for him.

“I would especially appeal to local farmers to have a good look in their barns and other outbuildings to see if Mr Roskell has found a little corner where he has managed to keep himself warm, dry and out of sight.

“I would also urge people to report any sightings of anyone matching Mr Roskell’s description straight away.”

Today (NOV 12) officers searched Crimple Wood, near the Great Yorkshire Showground in Harrogate, after a sighting of Mr Roskell was reported in the area.

They have also been conducting further house to house enquiries in the area around the hospital and have also searched the railway line from Harrogate to Mr Roskell’s home village of Kirk Hammerton.

On Sunday a search of the River Nidd was completed by the police’s regional underwater search unit.

Posters have been put up in shops and local business and a copy is available to download from Mr Roskell’s family have set up a website to help the search effort -

Anyone with information that could help is urged to contact North Yorkshire Police on 101, select option two – and ask for Harrogate police.

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