Police appeal for help to find family of memory loss man

Memory loss man with possible links to Blackpool found living homeless in Cleethorpes
Memory loss man with possible links to Blackpool found living homeless in Cleethorpes
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A man found sleeping rough in Cleethorpes suffering from memory loss could have links to Blackpool, police said.

Officers in North East Lincolnshire have been working with the man (pictured) to try and establish his identify since September 2013 but their efforts have been unsuccessful.

The man, who has been fully co-operative with the police and the other agencies, gave his name as David Thorpe, or a first name of Tony, and his date of birth as October 5, 1955.

A thorough search of both police and NHS systems cannot find a man with those details. He states he thought he was from the Rotherham area, but was not sure and he could have connections in Blackpool.

The man has advised police that he suffers from a disorder called dissociative fugue. This is often connected to some form of traumatic experience and can cause loss of memory. The man is well spoken and has a northern accent - which could be from either the Yorkshire or Lincolnshire area. He is not a person who sits begging on the street and he is not wanted for any criminal offences.

Humberside Police’s Det Ch Insp Paul Welton said: “This is very rare case in which a man has come to the area having no idea who he is and if he has any family.

“We have not been able to establish how he came to be in North East Lincolnshire but we are doing all we can to help him find his family and friends.

“The man is no longer sleeping rough and is being supported by the police and a number of agencies.

“He does not drink alcohol and does not take any form of drugs or medication. This is a genuine case of somebody who really does need the help of the public to return him home to his family and friends.

“Anyone who may think they can help this man find out who he is should call Humberside Police as a matter of urgency. We want to do all we can to help him but we can’t do that if no-one comes forward to tell us who he is.”

If you think you can help identify this man then please call Humberside Police on 101 and quote log number 314 of 24 January 2014.