Walthamstow missing person Sydney Piper: Met Police ‘increasingly concerned for his welfare’

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Sydney Piper was last seen on February 23 and is not thought to have been carrying any money or an Oyster card.

Police say they are “increasingly concerned” for the welfare of a 69-year-old man who has been missing for more than two weeks without any money.

Sydney Piper, from Waltham Forest, was last seen entering Lloyd Park in Walthamstow, through the Forest Road entrance, at about 11.50am on Thursday, February 23.

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He has a grey beard and short black hair, and is around 5ft 7ins tall and of slim build.

Mr Piper was last seen wearing a long black coat, grey T-shirt, grey trousers and black slippers.

He has a “distinctive way of walking with his feet splayed outwards”, which police say people may have noticed.

Police say they have carried out searches and reviewed CCTV footage.

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Detective Inspector Seb Florent, from the missing person unit in north-east London, said: "More than two weeks since Sydney has been spotted, we are increasingly worried about his wellbeing. With no money or Oyster card, we believe he is unlikely to have been able to travel far. We are now asking those in the Walthamstow area to please check any sheds, outbuildings or overgrown areas.

"Specialist officers have carried out searches of the park and we continue to recover CCTV from the area. We also need to hear from any people who use the park who may spotted Sydney over the past two weeks.”

Detective Inspector Jo Watts, from the Met Police’s missing person unit in north-east London, said: “Sydney’s disappearance is out of character and we are increasingly concerned for his welfare.

“He is not believed to be in possession of any money or an Oyster card and there have been no sighting of him for more than two weeks.

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“Specialist officers have carried out searches of the park and we continue to recover CCTV from the area. We also need to hear from any people who use the park who may spotted Sydney over the past two weeks.

Anyone who has seen Sydney is asked to call police on 101 quoting reference CAD 4957/24Feb.

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