Crystal Palace residents are mounting an urgent search after a popular local campaigner went out for a walk in south London eight days ago and never returned home.
Library campaigner Robert Gibson, 45, from Crystal Palace, left his home at 3pm on Monday June 13 to go for a walk in Dulwich park.
Four searches have been organised over the weekend to cover parks around Crystal Palace and local stations.
Joe Duggan, a close family friend and coordinator of the #FindRobbie campaign, said: “This is very out of character of Robbie to go missing, and as time goes on everyone’s concern grows.”
“Robert’s wife and son are becoming increasingly worried.”
The Crystal Palace Transition Town, a community group on Facebook, are sharing news and distributing “missing” posters.
A bigger campaign has been launched on Twitter with the hashtag #FindRobbie which saw many celebrities retweeting the appeal including British Bake Off Winner Nadiya Hussain and X Factor’s Sam Baily.
A spokesperson for Crystal Palace Transition Town told EastLondonLines: “Robbie is a much loved and admired community activist in Crystal Palace and beyond. His friends and family would like to know he is safe.”
Gibson played a leading role in his community as he was a campaigning to save Upper Norwood Library after it came under threat of closure.
In 2014, he also helped set up ‘Sensible Garden’ in South Norwood, which a year later won Croydon Champions Award.
Gibson’s last known sighting was in East Croydon where he was last seen wearing a grey t-shirt, black-rimmed Prada glasses and a green Barbour coat.
He is 6ft tall, slim, and has a distinctive Northern Irish accent.
If you have any information regarding the disappearance of Gibson contact Lambeth Police on 07876 131 748 or Missing People charity on 116 000