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Monday, 20 October 2014

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Hunt for missing Carlisle man continues

Underwater search teams were continuing the hunt yesterday for a fisherman who has been missing for two weeks.

Robert Heaton photo
Robert Heaton

Police were scouring the banks of the river Eden in Carlisle and north Cumbria as the operation continued to try to find Robert Heaton, 41.

Mr Heaton has not been seen since November 16 when he left his home in Belah Road, Belah, Carlisle.

His family later confirmed that a fishing rod and baseball cap found close to the river Eden on Etterby Scaur belonged to him.

A police spokeswoman said: “We are still appealing for any positive sightings of Mr Heaton. We can’t rule out the fact he may just have got up and left his fishing equipment on the river bank and walked off.”

Mountain rescue teams, and an RAF helicopter have all been involved in the search. Mr Heaton, a father-of-two, is described as being of stocky build, 5ft 9in tall, with short, dark brown hair.

He has tattoos on the inside of both lower arms and was last seen wearing a grey hoodie, dark tracksuit bottoms with stripes and brown working boots.

Anyone with information can call police on 101.

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