Wednesday 28 September 2016

Niece launches social media campaign as well-known DJ goes missing

Rod Minchin

Published 24/07/2015 | 10:12

A well-known local disc jockey has been reported missing, having not been seen by his family for three weeks.

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Police are appealing for information on the whereabouts of 73-year-old Derek Morris - aka DJ Derek.

Mr Morris, who lives in the St Paul's area of Bristol, is well known in the city for his music sets and has played hundreds of gigs over the years, including alongside some high-profile artists.

His niece, Jennifer, has used Facebook and Twitter to appeal to the public for sightings.

She said: "Has anyone seen Derek in the last three weeks? This is urgent, please let us know. Police are now informed and he is being treated as a missing person."

Bristol Mayor George Ferguson tweeted: "I'm very sorry to hear this #DJDerek is a legend - I'll do all I can to spread word across #Bristol."

DJ Derek has been a resident of St Paul's since 1978. He was formerly an accountant for Cadbury and became a DJ by accident in his mid-30s.

Since then he has played sets at the Glastonbury festival and has worked with the likes of Massive Attack.

He is known for playing a blend of '60s rocksteady, reggae, ska, dancehall and soul music.

A spokesman for Avon and Somerset Police said: "He was reported missing to us last night by his family.

"Anyone who has any information about his disappearance should call us on 101."

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