Concern Building For Missing Pensioner

13 December 2018, 15:07 | Updated: 13 December 2018, 15:17

Edinburgh

Searches are continuing for a 90-year-old man missing from his home for two days.

Neighbours reported William Scott missing on Tuesday evening from Chesser in Edinburgh.

Initial inquiries found he had been in the Foot of the Walk pub in Leith at 3.45pm and Greggs in the Kirkgate Centre at 4pm but no further trace has been found.

Police said they are "extremely concerned" because of his age and recent poor health.

Searches have been continuing on Thursday.

Mr Scott is white, around 5ft 1in with balding, white hair. He regularly wears glasses and was last seen wearing a navy jacket, grey trousers and a dark flat cap.

Chief Inspector David Robertson said: "We are extremely concerned for William's welfare, he is in his 90s and has been in poor health recently.

"He is a very independent man, however, he is also a man of routine and by not returning home overnight and not running errands this morning he has broken that routine.

"I have a large number of officers carrying out inquiries in Chesser, Musselburgh where he previously lived, and in Leith in order to trace William and establish where he went after leaving Greggs.

"William enjoys travelling on the buses both in Edinburgh and more further afield, he has been known to travel all over the south-east of Scotland and central belt."

Officers are urging locals to check their sheds and garages in case Mr Scott has taken shelter.

Mr Robertson said: "I would urge people to look at the photo and CCTV of William and call police immediately if you have seen him.

"He may have taken shelter from the elements in sheds or garages so please can people check their outbuildings as soon as they can.

"We are liaising with the bus companies but he may have travelled outwith the capital, so if you think you may have seen him please call 101 and we will assess the information you can provide."