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Missing pensioner could be living in Epping Forest

Sydney, 69, went missing from Walthamstow in his slippers over a month ago

Sydney Piper (courtesy of Met Police)

An elderly Walthamstow man who went missing more than a month ago could be living in Epping Forest, according to police.

Sydney Piper, 69, was last seen in Chingford Road shortly after noon on 23rd February, heading in the direction of the Crooked Billet roundabout.

His loved ones told police his disappearance is out of character and he is not thought to have any money or an Oyster card with him, meaning he is likely still in the area.


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Police are appealing for visitors to Epping Forest to keep an eye out for Sydney, after previously asking Walthamstow residents to “check any sheds, outbuildings or overgrown areas”.

Sydney is a slim, short man with a grey beard and black hair, who disappeared wearing a black coat, grey T-shirt, grey trousers and black slippers.

Detective Chief Inspector Seb Florent said: “We believe it is possible that Sydney may have made his way to Epping Forest. He may be in need of assistance and we want to ensure he is safe and well.”

If you spot Sydney please call 999 immediately or, if you have information you think could help police find him, call 101 quoting reference CAD 4957/24Feb.


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