Leighton Buzzard Locals Search For Missing Neil Devlin

7 January 2014, 14:05 | Updated: 7 January 2014, 14:44

People in Leighton Buzzard have taken to the streets to try and find a missing 37 year old man who's gone missing.

Bedfordshire Police are increasingly concerned for the safety of Neil Devlin, a 37-year-old from Town Bridge Mill in Leighton Buzzard who was last seen on New Year’s Day.

He is described as suffering from mild learning difficulties and was reported missing by neighbours who had not seen him since December 31 2013. Mr Devlin who lives alone has also failed to attend work at Morrison’s in the town.

Neil is described as a white man, 5’2” to 5’5” tall, with a small/slim build, short ginger hair and a pale complexion. He was last seen wearing a dark anorak style jacket with a hood, a dark top and jeans.

Using CCTV detectives have pieced together Neil’s movements in the town over New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day. It is believed Neil was in Leighton Buzzard town centre on New Year’s Eve with friends in a number of pubs before leaving the Littern Tree Public House in Lake Street at approximately 10.37pm. 

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He visited the Littern Tree again on New Year’s Day with friends and visited the Total Filling Station at 22.43pm before going to a friend’s house in Falcon Mews. Neil left this address on New Year’s Day at approximately 11.30pm and it is now known that this is the last time his friends saw him.

Detective Inspector Zara Brown, leading the search for Neil, is keen to trace anyone who knows where Neil might be.

DI Brown said: “We are becoming increasingly concerned about Neil’s whereabouts as this kind of behaviour is completely out of character for him.  Officers are doing all they can to trace Neil and we have released CCTV pictures of someone we believe is Neil outside the public house at around the time we believe Neil left the premises.  I would urge anyone who can help trace Neil to contact the police urgently to enable us to make sure he is safe and well.”

Anyone who has seen Neil or has information about his whereabouts should contact Bedfordshire Police on 101.

A Facebook group set up to try and trace Mr Devlin now has 1,344 members.