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Missing man last seen in Walthamstow ‘may have come to harm’

“With each day that passes, our concerns that he may have come to harm increase

By Victoria Munro

Nathan Cole (courtesy of Met Police)

Police are increasingly concerned for the safety of a missing man last seen in Walthamstow over a week ago.

Nathan Cole, a 32-year-old from Notting Hill, was reportedly meant to attend a gig in Camden on the night of 21st January but never showed.

CCTV footages of his last known movements show him buy four cans of lager in a shop in Blackhorse Lane shortly after 10pm before boarding a 158 bus towards Chingford.

At 10.55pm, he got off the bus outside Walthamstow Academy, walked along Billet Road and then, at 11.17pm, can be seen walking along Banbury Road in the direction of the River Lea.

CCTV footage of Nathan in a shop on the night he disappeared (credit: Met Police)

Police believe his phone was active near the former Ikea in Edmonton at 12.41am that night but say they have no proof it was still in his possession at the time.


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Detective Sergeant Julie Morrow said: “More than a week has gone by since Nathan’s family had any contact with him. They are obviously extremely worried and, while we are doing all we can to support them, we really need the public’s help as we continue our search.

“We hope very much that we will find Nathan safe and well but, with each day that passes, our concerns that he may have come to harm increase.

“Nathan has been described as an outgoing and gregarious character. He was someone who was very sociable and would engage in conversations with anyone.

“He knew the Walthamstow area and it is possible he had travelled there to meet with friends or to attend a party or gathering.

“We urgently want to hear from anyone who saw Nathan late on the night of Saturday, 21st January, early the following morning or at any time since. We would ask anyone who lives in the area he was last seen to check any CCTV or doorbell cameras.

“We would also like to hear from anyone who spoke to Nathan on the night, who knew of his plans or who knows where he might have gone or who he might have been meeting. No piece of information is too small.”

Anyone who sees Nathan should call 999.

If you have information you think could help find him, call police on 101 and give the reference 23MIS002577. You can also contact independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.


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