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CONCERNS GROWING FOR MISSING TOURIST

michaeldaviesUPDATED: Concerns are growing for the welfare of a missing 71-year-old tourist who hasn’t been seen since last night (Tuesday).

Michael Davies from Blaina, Wales is on the Isle of Wight for a coaching holiday with his wife, but hasn’t been seen since 21:30 last night. Mr Davies has gone missing from a hotel in Sandown, the Hotel Maria.

Police are very concerned that Mr Davies may not have access to the blood pressure medication that he needs.

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Officers from Hampshire Constabulary have trawled through CCTV footage, which shows that Michael was in the Avenue Road area of Sandown at just before 01:00 this morning.

Michael Davies is described as white with cropped white hair. He was last seen wearing a blue t-shirt, a blue ‘Reebok’ jumper, jeans and a baseball cap.

imageUPDATE @ 17:20 – WightSAR, the Island’s search and rescue team, have been called out to assist in the search for Mr Davies.

The team were deployed at 17:00.

UPDATE @ 18:54 – The National Police Air Support Helicopter (NPAS) from Bournemouth has joined the search and is currently conducting an aerial search of Sandown Bay.

wightsarincidentcontrolvehiclesandownUPDATE @ 21:45 – The search for missing Michael Davies continues tonight with WightSAR conducting a land based search of the Sandown Bay area alongside Police. Door to door enquiries are taking place with residents asked to check their outbuildings.

The NPAS helicopter from Bournemouth conducted an aerial search of open areas earlier this evening, however did not locate Mr Davies.

UPDATE THURSDAY: The search for Michael Davis continues this morning.

NPAS Bournemouth conducted a further aerial search of Sandown at 01:00 this morning, however failed to locate Mr Davies.

WightSAR continue search efforts alongside Police.

Anyone who has seen Michael should contact Duty Inspector Adam Henderson-Parish on 101 quoting 44150178021. You can also call the charity Crimestoppers line on 0800 555 111 where information can be left anonymously.

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