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Willaston Pensioner David Hannam Found in Manchester

Published: 3rd December 2012 08:11

David Hannam, missing from his home in Willaston for a week, has been found safe and well.

David HannamDavid Hannam - found in Manchester hospital.

His grandson, police officer Steve Hannam, reported: "Grandad is in hospital in Manchester and is quite well, considering. 

"This is amazing news I knew we would all get. It came as a result of a poster with his face on. We could not have done it without your support this week.

"You have all been amazing and the community support on top of the amazing search and rescue and my police colleagues kept us strong. The weather has been horrific yet people still came out to look and spread the word.

"I really can't thank everyone enough."

Prior to being found on Saturday, the last known sighting of David had been in a newsagents in Willaston on the morning of Saturday November 24. Since then the police and local residents have been searching tirelessly for him.  Posters were widely distributed, appeals made through the media, facebook and twitter.

Mr Hannam was recognised by bus driver Phil Henshall as he travelled on an Arriva bus in the Wythenshaw area late on Saturday night, and police were notified.

Mr Hannam was taken to Wythenshaw hospital where he remains as a precautionary measure while medical checks are conducted to ensure he is fully fit and well. His family are with him.

The family are still trying to establish where Mr Hannam had spent the week.

Steve said: "He seems to have managed to get a roof over his head with the money he had with him.

"I would remind people that if they do see someone elderly looking confused just to stop and ask how they are because it could be he's been walking round for a week with nobody asking if he's OK."

Cheshire Police thanked all members of the public who made contact with information or potential sightings of Mr Hannam while he was missing. Insp Richard Hill said, "While police search techniques are sophisticated and thorough, we can only focus on areas where information suggests a missing person may be. On this occasion it was the police appeal to the public, and the public′s response, which led to this happy conclusion and Mr Hannam being re-united with his family and found safe and well."


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At 11:25 on 2nd December 2012, Harri commented:
This is fabulous news!!!! Such a relief all round. We are delighted for his family.

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