Community unites to search for Linslade missing man

Neil Devlin
Neil Devlin

The Leighton-Linslade community has banded together to help search for a missing man who disappeared one week ago today.

This morning, concerned friends have gathered at the Market Square, Leighton, before searching areas around the town for Neil Devlin, of Town Bridge Mill, Leighton Road, Linslade, who went missing on New Year’s Day.

The group is joined by members of the public who, despite not knowing Mr Devlin, are determined to help track him down by handing out posters.

Yesterday, Beds Police revealed the last known sightings of the 37-year-old after detectives tracked down his last movements using the town’s CCTV cameras.

This follows growing fears for the safety of the car park assistant at Morrisons in Leighton Buzzard, who was reported missing by his neighbours on Saturday.

He left the Littern Tree, Lake Street, at about 10.37pm on New Year’s Eve before returning to the same pub on New Year’s Day.

Neil is seen visiting the nearby Total Filling Station at 10.43pm before going to a friend’s house in Falcon Mews.

He left this address at approximately 11.30pm and it is now known that this is the last time his friends saw him.

Mr Devlin lives alone and is described as suffering from mild learning difficulties.

Darren Prosser, store general manager, said: “Neil is one of our car park assistants, his role involves managing the trolleys and helping customers on the car park.

“He is a well-liked member of the team and we are hoping for his quick and safe return.”

Mr Devlin’s disappearance has sparked worry in the Leighton-Linslade community who have since taken to social media to help spread the word and encourage anyone with information to come forward.

Friends of the missing man have set up a Facebook group to gather information, which already has 1,947 members (search Help Find Missing Neil Devlin)

Neil is described as white, 5’2” to 5’5”, with a small/slim build, short ginger hair and a pale complexion. He was last seen wearing a dark anorak style jacket with a hood, a dark top and jeans.

A Beds Police spokesman said enquiries are ongoing and if anyone has seen Neil or has information about his whereabouts should call the 101 number.

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