Police search for vulnerable pensioner in Wensleydale

Howard Gibbs.

A major search is continuing this morning for a vulnerable man in his late 70s who is missing from his home in Wensleydale.

Police say Howard Gibbs lives in Askrigg but may have walked towards Hawes on Friday night.

He was last seen earlier yesterday wearing a blue sweater with a zip neck and dark blue tracksuit trousers.

Police say they are concerned for his safety and are asking people in the area to look out for anyone matching his description.

Police and rescue volunteers from Swaledale Mountain Rescue Team are involved in the search for Howard.

Dozens of villagers are also helping with the search.

HM Coastguard search and rescue helicopter has been brought in this morning.


Report any possible sightings to police on 101, selecting option 1 and providing the reference number NYP31052024-0575.

SMRT and police searched through the night for the pensioner.

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