Thursday 23 November 2017

Fears for Irish man who vanished from hotel 
in London

John Dowdall

and Pat Flynn

London Police have joined gardai in the search for an Irish man who vanished from his British hotel room last week ,leaving vital medication and valuables behind.

A spokesman for the London Metropolitan Police said they are increasingly concerned for the well being of John Dowdall (37) from Scarriff, Co Clare.

Mr Dowdall, a diabetic, travelled to Britain on July 31 and booked into a hotel in the Cricklewood area of northeast London.

He has not been seen since last Thursday. Police were notified by staff at the hotel who expressed concern when they discovered his belongings, including his medication for diabetes, phone, passport and wallet had been left in his room.

Gardai in Co Clare are also concerned for his well-being as are local residents who said it was uncharacteristic for Mr Dowdall to just "take off".

"I've known John for a long time and he was always a home bird. We're very surprised to hear that he went off to London. It's very strange and hard to believe that he would just take off like that," said a local resident.

Meanwhile, the family of missing Dublin pensioner Thomas Kennedy, (81), is urging people throughout Ireland to be on the lookout for him after he vanished from his home in Finglas a fortnight ago.

Hundreds of local volunteers have been doing nightly searches in Dublin, but the pensioner, who is not known to suffer from dementia or other neurological conditions, has not been in touch with his family, which they describe as highly uncharacteristic.

Gardai also renewed their appeal last night for information on missing Dundalk man Kenneth Fagan, (23), who has been missing from the city since August 6. A CCTV image taken of him at a local shop was released last night in a bid to jog people's memory.

He is described as approximately 5ft 8in tall, of medium build with short dark coloured hair. He was last seen wearing a blue zip-up hooded top, dark denim jeans and navy runners.

Irish Independent

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