Walthamstow

Vulnerable missing man may be in shed or garden

Police are ‘increasingly concerned’ for 69-year-old Sydney Piper, last seen in Lloyds Park

Sydney Piper (courtesy of Met Police)

A vulnerable elderly man has now been missing for weeks after disappearing in Lloyds Park.

Sydney Piper, 69, was last seen entering the park through the Forest Road entrance just before noon on Thursday, 23rd February. He is believed to have gone missing without any money or an Oyster card and has not been seen since.

He is a slim, 5’7″ man with a grey beard and short black hair, last seen wearing a long black coat, a grey t-shirt, grey trousers and black slippers. He has a distinctive way of walking, with his feet turned outwards, which may make him easier to spot.

Police are now appealing for residents to check any sheds, outbuilding or overgrown gardens in case he is living inside.

Sydney’s last sighting (courtesy of Met Police)

Detective Inspector Seb Florent, from the missing person unit in north-east London, said: “More than two weeks since Sydney has been spotted, we are increasingly worried about his wellbeing. With no money or Oyster card, we believe he is unlikely to have been able to travel far. We are now asking those in the Walthamstow area to please check any sheds, outbuildings or overgrown areas.

“Specialist officers have carried out searches of the park and we continue to recover CCTV from the area. We also need to hear from any people who use the park who may spotted Sydney over the past two weeks.”

Anyone who has seen Sydney is asked to call police on 101 quoting reference CAD 4957/24Feb.