Concern grows for missing South Yorkshire man

Ernest Lancaster who has gone missing from his home in Rotherham.
Ernest Lancaster who has gone missing from his home in Rotherham.
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POLICE searching for an 82-year-old missing man say they are ‘extremely concerned’ for his safety.

Ernest Lancaster – who suffers from problems with his memory – was last seen at home on Alric Drive, Brinsworth, Rotherham, at around 4pm on Saturday April 7.

Police have carried out extensive searches but there have not yet been any sightings to confirm Ernest’s whereabouts.

Enquiries have pursued a number of possible routes and visited areas where Ernest is known to go, with no success.

Supt Andrew Parker said: “Currently we have no confirmed sightings or CCTV footage of Ernest and it doesn’t look like he has made contact with anyone since he left home on Saturday.

“Ernest is experiencing some problems with his memory and has left home several times before to visit a friend in Brinsworth Road, but it is out of character for him to be missing for so long.

“We are now extremely concerned about his welfare and are keen to hear from anyone who may have seen him or has information about his whereabouts.

“We are obviously keen to know that he is safe and well or what his movements were.

“I would ask that if Ernest, or anyone who knows him, has any information concerning his whereabouts make contact with the police immediately.”

Officers believe Ernest may have made his way from home on foot or caught a bus out of the area.

He had with him his bus pass and a small amount of money, but no mobile phone.

Ernest is described as being 5ft 7ins to 5ft 8ins tall and of slim build with short, greying hair.

He was last seen wearing dark shoes, a V-neck dark blue or black jumper, a black-striped shirt, and black jogging bottoms with a white stripe down the legs.

Officers are continuing to review CCTV and search areas along the routes Ernest may have taken.

Police are asking people to get in touch if they have seen Ernest after 4pm on Saturday.

Anyone with information can call police on 101 quoting crime reference CX/2259/2012.