Fears grow for safety of missing Sunderland grandfather

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Concern is growing for Sunderland grandfather Robert Hutchinson, who has been missing for three weeks.

The mystery disappearance of the 56-year-old from Hendon was reported three days after he was last seen on Monday, June 23.

Extensive inquiries have been carried out to find him, including an appeal from his worried daughter, Paula, 30.

CCTV footage showed him filling a blue Nissan Micra, registration LT03 0ZJ, at the Asda petrol station in Leechmere at 4.20pm on that day.

Mr Hutchinson is described as white, 5ft 9ins tall, stocky, and with short grey hair.

He was last seen wearing knee-length shorts and a short-sleeved checked shirt. He has a piercing in his left ear.

Sunderland Chief Inspector Jerry Pearson said: “It is now two weeks since Robert was seen. It is completely out of character for him to go missing and not to make contact with his family for so long, and we are becoming increasingly concerned for him.

“It may be that someone who saw him before he went missing can give us vital information that could lead us to finding him. I’d ask people to think back and remember whether or not they have had any contact with Robert in the past few weeks.

“Any members of the local community in and around Hendon or anyone who knows him and has seen him, or has any information about where he might be, is urged to come forward so his family can be reassured he is safe and well.”

Mr Hutchinson, or anyone who has seen him or has information about where he is, is urged to get in contact with police on 101 ext 69191, quoting reference 410 of 26/06/14.