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Neighbourhood warden work to locate missing person

25 May 2021

A Horsham District Council Neighbourhood Warden has assisted Sussex Police to locate a vulnerable missing gentleman.

Whilst carrying out a regular patrol, one of the Council’s Neighbourhood Wardens spotted who he believed to be a missing person in a remote area near Southwater. The Warden alerted local police and kept the gentleman under observation until the police could approach him and ensure that he was safe.

The Warden was then thanked by the gentleman’s very relieved family who were delighted that he was found, praising the diligence of the Warden concerned.

Horsham District Council Cabinet Member for Community Matters and Wellbeing Cllr Tricia Youtan commented:

“We are pleased that thanks to the actions of one of our wardens, this gentleman is now safe and getting the support he needs. In the current inclement weather there could have been a much more serious outcome.

This incident illustrates just how important collaborative working is between the local police with the community and partner agencies such as our warden schemes.

“It also highlights the wonderful work that our teams do in patrolling our District and helping to keep people safe.”

Cllr Tricia Youtan, Cabinet Member for Community Matters and Wellbeing

Based within the community, Neighbourhood Wardens work alongside partner agencies to improve the quality of life for everyone. They undertake a variety of activities including community development, high visibility patrols, enforcement, working with the elderly, vulnerable and young people. Currently the warden scheme is operating in Ashington, Billingshurst, Horsham, Pulborough, Southwater, Storrington and Steyning/Bramber/Upper Beeding.

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