Sunday 23 April 2017

Ukip councillor reported missing by family over busy schedule

A Ukip councillor was reported missing to police by his family after he spent too much time at meetings
A Ukip councillor was reported missing to police by his family after he spent too much time at meetings

A hard-working councillor was so busy attending meetings that his family reported him missing to police.

Two police officers interrupted a meeting of Thetford Town Council in Norfolk on Tuesday evening searching for Denis Crawford.

The Ukip councillor, who also serves on Norfolk County and Breckland District Council, had been reported missing by his family after leaving home at 7am on Monday.

He arrived back at his house at 10pm only to set off again at 7am the following morning.

Little did he know that his daughter had been trying to track him down and eventually grew so concerned she contacted police.

Two PCSOs were dispatched and tracked him down to the council meeting.

Mr Crawford said: "It was a huge surprise. The first thing I knew about any concerns was when two officers poked their heads around the door and asked for me.

"I was thinking 'what's wrong?' but the officers explained they were looking for me because I hadn't been seen at home for such a long time."

Mr Crawford said he had spent nearly five hours in an adult social services meeting, followed by a Breckland planning consultation and an action group meeting on Monday.

On Tuesday, he was at a children's services committee meeting, then a Ukip group meeting followed by the full town council meeting.

He said: "It's not an unusual schedule - I guess it just highlights how hard people in local government work.

"I went back into the meeting and asked the mayor if I could interrupt proceedings to explain what happened.

"Everybody took it in good humour but I'm sure I'll get a bit of stick from my fellow councillors."

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