Missing veteran is found following desperate plea by Hampshire police

POLICE have thanked the public for helping them in finding a missing man who disappeared earlier today.

Sunday, 18th July 2021, 2:30 pm
Updated Sunday, 18th July 2021, 5:23 pm
Police presence at Guildhall Square, Portsmouth for VE Day on Friday 8 May 2020. Can be used as Police GV. Picture: Habibur Rahman

Brian Townsend was last seen at his home address in Brendon Walk area of Fareham at around 3am today.

The 58-year-old army veteran had not been seen since and officers were growing increasingly concerned for his safety.

A spokesman for Hampshire police said: ‘Together with his family, we are extremely concerned about Brian.

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‘We believe he is on foot somewhere in the Portchester and Fareham area and are asking the community to share our appeal and keep an eye out for him.’

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But the force has since announced that, following the appeal to the public – which was widely shared online – Mr Townsend has been found safe and well.

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