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Police continue hunt for missing Abbey Wood pensioner, 85, in Bexleyheath and Dartford

PUBLISHED: 09:51 16 February 2016 | UPDATED: 10:39 16 February 2016

Brian Smart

Brian Smart

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Brian Smart has been missing for almost six months

Items belonging to Brian SmartItems belonging to Brian Smart

The family of a missing pensioner are appealing for information on his whereabouts, nearly six months after his disappearance.

Brian Smart, 85, was last seen at his home address in Abbey Wood at around 7.30pm on Tuesday, September 22, but there has been no trace of him since despite an extensive police investigation.

His family launched an emotional appeal just before Christmas - to no avail - and have now released images of items similar to ones he was carrying at the time he went missing.

Officers carrying out the search for Mr Smart have conducted extensive enquiries around the places he is known to frequent in Bexleyheath, Dartford, Bluewater shopping centre and Bostall Woods in Greenwich.

CCTV footage of Mr Smart at Bluewater - taken the day before he went missing - has been issued but, as yet, has yielded no confirmed sightings.

Detective chief inspector Mike Balcombe said: “Since his disappearance, officers have been working tirelessly to find Brian - this work has involved scouring CCTV, using specialist search teams, dog units and the police helicopter.

“We are now releasing images of a watch, a mobile phone and a jacket similar to those that Brian would have had on him when he was last seen, in the hope that someone may have found them discarded or possibly been offered them for sale.

“Every day that goes by without news of Brian is agony for his family.”

Mr Smart is a white man, 5ft 7ins and of medium build and at the time of his disappearance he was generally fit and well for his age.

He walks with a stick and has no money or Oyster Card with him.

It is believed at the time of his disappearance he was wearing a beige or cream jacket which is featured in the CCTV footage taken the day before he went missing.

Anyone with information is asked to call police in Greenwich on 07770 825571 or 020 8284 7713. or the police non-emergency line 101.

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