Police divers and Oldham Mountain Rescue have been called in as part of an increased search for missing Emmaus Mossley companion, Michael ‘Mick’ Leadbetter.
Michael, due to celebrate his 58th birthday on Sunday (March 5), hasn’t been seen since Sunday, February 26.
The sighting was near the River Tame, close to any area locally known as the Beach, and at the back of the Emmaus centre at Longlands Mill, Queen Street. The Huddersfield Narrow Canal is also close by.
Three members of the Underwater Search and Marine Rescue unit were drafted in on Friday, March 3 as part of the operation, initially concentrating their search close to Mill Street and Two Mills Lane.
Michael, thought to be a long standing member of the homelessness charity, is described as a white male, 6’2” tall, slim build with a gaunt face, grey hair and a scruffy beard.
He his believed to have been wearing a brown jacket, purple t shirt, denim shirt and dark blue/black jeans and black boots.
Michael is described as “a vulnerable male’ and Greater Manchester Police have issued a statement appealing for the public’s help to trace him.
“Michael Leadbetter, was last seen at about 6pm, Sunday 26 February 2017 near to the River Tame at Longlands Mill on Queen Street in Mossley.
“Police and Michael’s family are becoming increasingly concerned as this is out of character for Michael.
“Anyone with information is asked to contact police on 101 quoting reference MP/17/0104346 or the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.”
Harry Barlow, Community Leader at Emmaus Mossley, said: “Our whole community has been searching for Mick all week and working with the Police to try and find out where he has gone.
“We’re all very concerned about his whereabouts and hope that he will be found safe as soon as possible.
“If anyone has any information please get in touch as we just want to know he is safe.”
Emmaus Mossley supports 26 formerly homeless people by providing them with a home and work in a community setting.
The charity runs a popular social enterprise in Mossley, selling donated and upcycled furniture, household goods, clothes, bric-a-brac and vintage wares.