Vulnerable man missing from Blackburn hospital 'could be unable to communicate'

A vulnerable Nelson man has been reported missing after walking out of hospital in Blackburn today.

Friday, 19th June 2020, 4:18 pm
Missing: Michael Whitaker. Picture provided by Lancashire police.

Michael Whitaker, 57, was last seen leaving Royal Blackburn Hospital around 8.10am and walking along Old Bank Lane towards Shadsworth.

He is white, 6ft 4in tall, with a slim build. He was wearing a grey jacket, black and white stripy top, black jeans and black boots, and was carrying a green hospital bag (pictured).

Police are 'very concerned' for his welfare and are urging anyone who has seen him to come forward.

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PC Liam Jarman, of Blackburn Police, said: “Michael’s disappearance is very worrying. He has left hospital and is considered vulnerable.

“We believe he could be unable to communicate or interact and explain what has happened.

“I would encourage anyone with information or who knows where he is to come forward.”

Anyone with information can contact police on 101 quoting log 0286 of June 19.