Five News Hunts For Missing People With Manchester Police

Five News has joined Manchester Police on the hunt for missing people as part of its ‘Missing Month’ taking place throughout August.

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Tonight, Five News reporter Peter Lane will be seen following police officers in Manchester as they try to track missing people from the city. As part of the report, Peter looks at the process of finding missing people and follows area officer Julie Potts and PC Gordon Easton as they try and find missing local teenager, Patrick Doyle.

PC Gordon Easton tells Five News: ‘People just don’t walk out of their home for no reason at all. So there is generally a reason or background so we have then got to ask, sometimes some sensitive questions.’

During ‘Missing Month’, Five News is focusing on the on the plight of some of the UK’s many thousands of missing people and their families, with a special ‘Missing’ strand running through its programmes.

Five News is working with the charity ‘Missing People’ and will feature a different package every week of August, highlighting either a specific missing person’s case or the wider work of the police and the charity in their quest to reconnect families in the UK with their missing relatives.

In addition, each day of the week on Five News’ 5pm and 7pm bulletins a short photo appeal for a different missing person will feature on air at the end of each programme.

Vikki Cook, Deputy Editor of Five News said: “By dedicating August as Missing month, we hope that we can help to bring to the public attention some of the outstanding missing person’s cases and perhaps even help to re-unite some families with their missing relatives.”

Alison Cowan, Director of Fundraising and Marketing at Missing People said, “More than 200,000 incidents of missing people are recorded each year, two thirds of whom are under 19. The charity works to support, find and safeguard all those affected by the issue of missing. We are delighted that Five News has thrown their support behind this important issue. Our hope is that the awareness raised by the Missing Month will help us to reunite some of the families who are living in limbo after the disappearance of a loved one, and make the public aware of the charity’s need for funds.”

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