Friends of missing 83-year-old Derek Foster gather to help in Grantham search

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Friends of 83-year-old Derek Foster gathered in Grantham today to help search for the pensioner who has not been seen since Tuesday afternoon.

Mr Foster, of Long Bennington, was last seen at Grantham bus station at 2.35pm after a visit to Grantham Hospital as an out-patient regarding a fractured shoulder.

A group of friends and acquaintances of Mr Foster’s gathered in Grantham at noon intending to continue the search and put up posters of Mr Foster.

Lindsey Dowson, who works at the fish and chip shop in Long Bennington, said friends were increasingly worried for Mr Foster’s welfare as it has nearly been a week since his disappearance. She said: “He has just vanished. We are, of course, very worried about him. If it was any loved one you would like to think that everybody was doing something to help no matter how small.”

Helen Segarty, who has lived in Long Bennington for 30 years, said: “Derek is a character known by a lot of people. He is a quiet, quiet man. His mum and dad lived in the village and when they passed away he lived on his own.”

When Mr Foster left hospital he was wearing a dark brown overcoat, dark trousers and shoes. He is described as a white man, with grey receeding hair, glasses, of slim build. He has a fractured left shoulder which means his left arm is incapacitated and he cannot move it. He has a distinctive gait due to his arm and his walk is described as a ‘shuffle’.

A Facebook page has been set up by friends and helpers who have also been looking for Mr Foster in Bottesford. He was last seen at stand 5 in Grantham bus station where buses leave for Bottesford. The facebook page is facebook.com/searchforderekfoster

Mr Foster’s brother Cliff said on Facebook: “I am following everything closely with the police. This morning they are checking any use of Derek’s bus pass to see if it was scanned in, giving them any destination he may have made for. There has been a delay in getting this information over the holiday period. Once this is available we can see if he left Grantham by bus. Taxis have all been checked out. I am waiting to hear the result of this check and as soon as I do I will add another post. Meanwhile my heartfelt thanks to all who have shown concern for Derek’s welfare and enlisted for searches. If nothing shows on records for Derek’s bus pass he could not have left Grantham town centre by his own efforts. I will keep you up to date with everything I hear from the police. Once again my thanks to Alice and many other people who have devoted time to this extensive search. The police have made strenuous efforts. As you can imagine things have been complicated by the Christmas break. We are hoping the picture becomes clearer today.”

If you have seen Mr Foster or a man matching his description contact Lincolnshire Police on the non-emergency number 101.