Search for missing hospital patient enters second week

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THE search for a man who disappeared after being captured on CCTV leaving a Harrogate hospital has entered a second week.

On Saturday, exactly a week after Graham Roskell, 65, was last seen, officers from North Yorkshire Police were in Harrogate to speak to people to see if they had any information that could help them locate him.

They handed out leaflets and posters to the public outside shops in Leeds Road in an effort to jog memories.

Mr Roskell was last seen at around 8am on Saturday, November 3 leaving Harrogate District Hospital, where he was receiving treatment for a brain infection that can cause confusion and anxiety.

A number of searches have been carried out since Mr Roskell’s disappearance but so far they have drawn a blank. Specialist search teams are operating in and around the Harrogate area and have been carrying out searches at locations including the River Nidd from Harrogate to Knaresborough and open land between Harrogate District Hospital and Kirk Hammerton, where Mr Roskell lives.

Inspector Dave Hall, of North Yorkshire Police, said: “We know that Mr Roskell was trained in survival techniques so he does have a knowledge of how to look after himself out in the open.

“I am urging people to check their outbuildings, sheds, barns and garages for any signs that someone has been taking shelter in them.”

Mr Roskell is described as white, 5ft 11in tall, and of medium build. Although he was wearing glasses when he was last seen, he doesn’t need them all the time.

When he was reported missing Mr Roskell was wearing black leather lace-up shoes, olive green trousers and a cream and green horizontally striped rugby style top.

Anyone with information can call police on 101.