Police detail Norman Carter’s journey as hunt for missing 85-year-old intensifies

Norman Carter, 85, working at his business Norman Press in Ipswich.

Norman Carter, 85, working at his business Norman Press in Ipswich. - Credit: Contributed

Police searching for a missing Westerfield man have been piecing together his last known movements on the day he disappeared.

Detectives are hoping they can build up a full picture of where Norman Carter was to help jog the public’s memories.

They now know that he broke with his usual daily routine – but still do not know why.

Mr Carter left his home in Lower Road on Monday at around 9.50am to go work – Norman Press in Cauldwell Hall Road, Ipswich, which he has run from more than 34 years – where he would normally remain until 3.30pm.

However, it appears he left work early and instead of catching buses home appears to have travelled on the number 64 bus to Woodbridge, which left Ipswich at around 3pm. He is then thought to have made the return journey, leaving Woodbridge at 4.38pm.

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As a result of CCTV images, it would appear he may have got the 6.16pm No 75 First Bus at the Old Cattle Market, remaining on it until it terminated in Great Eastern Square, Hamilton Road, Felixstowe, around 7pm.

After alighting, Mr Carter – well-known as a promoter of charity shows at Woodbridge Community Hall – would appear to have walked towards the town centre and may have continued to the Spa Pavilion and seafront gardens, an area he likes to visit.

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Police searched in Westerfield, assisted by Suffolk Lowland Search and Rescue, the police helicopter and dog units; reviewed CCTV footage in Ipswich and liaised with the bus companies; and searched in Felixstowe, including at night by flashlight on the seafront, rock groynes, and in the gardens.

Detective Inspector Chris Hinitt, leading the investigation, said: “I am appealing for anyone who believes they may have seen a man matching Norman’s description to contact us immediately.

“Although our latest enquiries have been focussed in Felixstowe, as that is the last place we have evidence of him travelling to, we cannot rule out the possibility that he has moved on from there, potentially back towards Ipswich or even Woodbridge, as we now know he travelled there on Monday afternoon.

“We would particularly like to hear from anyone who may have seen Norman either on, or waiting for, any of the buses mentioned, or who might have seen him in Felixstowe town centre or near the Spa Pavilion. Any piece of information, however small, may be crucial in helping to find him.”

Anyone with information is asked to contact Felixstowe police on 101.

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