Search for missing Horsham man

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A POLICE helicopter and ground units have been deployed in a bid to find a Horsham man who went missing from his home in Southdown Close, Roffey.

Officers have been searching for 72-year-old James McNeil overnight and say they are ‘particularly concerned because of the freezing night time conditions’.

Mr McNeil was last seen by his wife before going for a walk at 8pm yesterday (Sunday April 1).

He was wearing a blue fleece jacket, a blue shirt and black shoes.

He is described as white, about 6ft tall and of slim build with a South London accent. He is clean shaven, has receding grey hair and wears glasses.

Sussex Police have so far checked all local transport sites and continue the search today (April 2).

A spokesman for Sussex Police said: “Mr McNeil can get confused and disorientated at times and may not recognise where he is.

“Jim likes to walk long distances and had good local knowledge he could be found anywhere around Horsham and beyond.

“He has previously been found in Crawley and Lower Beeding.

“We would be grateful if motorists and pedestrians could keep watch for Jim as they travel and contact us if they see him.”

He added: “If anyone sees Jim please stay with him if possible and contact Sussex Police on 101 quoting serial 1358 of 01/04/12.”