“It would be the best gift if we could have him home this Christmas” family’s latest appeal for missing Brian Smart

PUBLISHED: 15:31 22 December 2015 | UPDATED: 15:31 22 December 2015

Brian Smart

Brian Smart


He went missing in September

A family has revealed their desperation to find out more about their missing family member, 85-year-old Brian Smart.

Mr Smart was last seen at his home in Abbey Wood at around 7.30pm on September 22, there has been no trace of him since.

He walks with a stick and had no money or Oyster Card and was last seen wearing a beige/cream jacket.

His son Mark, 53, has released a new appeal for any new information.

He said: “We miss Dad more and more each day and with Christmas approaching we will miss him more than ever.

“We are desperate to find out anything about his disappearance, however big or small.

“It’s been three months since my Dad went missing and me, and all of the family, are beside ourselves with worry. We hope that Dad is safe and we just want to know what has happened to him.

“It would be the best gift if we could have him home this Christmas.”

Officers carrying out the search have carried out enquiries at places he is known to visit, including Bexleyheath, Dartford, Bluewater shopping centre and Bostall Woods in Greenwich.

CCTV footage of Mr Smart at Bluewater on the day he went missing has been issued but there have been no confirmed sightings.

Detective chief inspector Mike Balcombe said: “Every day that goes by without any news of Brian must be agony for his family. Officers have been working tirelessly to find him - this work has involved scouring CCTV and using specialist search teams, dog units and the police helicopter.

“I would urge anyone who may have seen Brian to please contact my team - your information, no matter how insignificant it may seem, could help us find him.”

Brian is a white man, 5ft 7inches and of medium build. At the time of his disappearance he was generally fit and well for his age.

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