Resort focus in hunt for missing Norman Carter

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 today carried out searches in a seaside town in a bid to find a missing 85-year-old man.

Norman Carter was last known to have been in Felixstowe town centre around 7pm on Monday and concern has been growing for his welfare.

Officers have been searching public areas of the resort and its seafront, and it is understood CCTV footage has been examined to try to piece together his movements after he got off a bus outside Great Eastern Square in Hamilton Road.

However, police are not ruling out the possibility that Mr Carter – who lives with his wife Eugenie in Westerfield, and has a daughter, Lorraine – could have moved on elsewhere in the past three days.

He was last seen leaving his home in Lower Road on Monday at around 9.50am and was expected to remain at his business, the printers Norman Press in Cauldwell Hall Road, Ipswich, until 3.30pm.

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His usual routine was then to catch the 75 First Bus back into the town centre, to get the 4.15pm 118 Galloway bus from the Old Cattle Market to Westerfield, arriving in the village at 4.23pm.

Police said today that there was a suggestion that he may have travelled to Woodbridge by bus on Monday afternoon.

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A spokesman said: “While our search has focussed on Felixstowe today, we are not ruling out that he may have visited other areas before or since and are appealing to anyone who may have seen him to come forward.”

Mr Carter was well-known as a promoter of charity shows at Woodbridge Community Hall and has raised thousands of pounds for various causes over the years.

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

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