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Saturday, 19 April 2014

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Police widen search for missing Carlisle dad

Police are widening their search for a Carlisle man who has been missing for five days.

Robert Heaton photo
Robert Heaton

Officers had been scouring the banks of the River Eden and using underwater divers in their search for 41-year-old Robert Heaton, of Belah Road, Belah, after some of his belongings were found.

The father-of-two was seen leaving his home at around 12.45pm on Friday but never returned.

His family has confirmed that a fishing rod and baseball cap found close to the River Eden, near Etterby, belong to him.

But Inspector Chris Wright, of Cumbria police, said they had found nothing.

He said: “The search is continuing.

“We are still actively looking for him and all useful avenues from police are being explored.

“We are appealing for any sightings and will respond to any information that we get promptly.”

He was reported missing on Saturday at 4.20pm when a friend raised the alarm after finding the rod and cap opposite the junction of Eden Street on Etterby Scaur, which is close to the River Eden.

The search began where his belongings were found and was widened out for more than two miles towards the coast.

It involved an RAF helicopter, police and police dogs, the Coastguard and lifeboats from Silloth, Annan, Maryport and a boat from the Nith Inshore Rescue team.

Coastguard rescue searchers checked through undergrowth along the edge of the Eden.

Police have said that concern is growing the longer Mr Heaton is missing.

Mr Heaton currently lives with his parents and Insp Sowerby said his relatives were greatly concerned.

They were being comforted and were in regular contact with police.

Mr Heaton is of stocky build, 5ft 9in tall and has short, dark brown hair.

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

Anyone with information is asked to call Cumbria police on 101 immediately.

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