It can be devastating when a person goes missing; we take reports of missing people seriously and our priority is to locate the missing person as soon as possible.
It is very important to understand that there are no time factors required to be met when reporting someone missing.
You can report a missing person by ringing us on 101 (999 in an emergency) or in person at your local police station.
What is a Missing Person?
The national definition of a Missing Person is:
'anyone whose whereabouts cannot be established and where the circumstances are out of character or the context suggests the person may be subject of crime or risk of harm to themselves or another'.
Many people believe that the police will not treat somebody as missing until they have been missing for over 24 hours, hence do not tell us. The first 24 hours during an individual going missing can be vital in the search for them so please contact us as soon as you believe someone to be missing.
This does not cover friends or family that you may have lost contact with over the years and you now wish to locate or make contact with. In these circumstances you may wish to consider searching on the internet or social media to locate them or employing a tracing agency to locate them for you.