Concerns for Stoke Newington resident missing from home

Police are appealing for information about an elderly man who was reported missing from his home in Stoke Newington on Monday.

James Houson, 85, was seen last at 3pm on April 24 near the bus stop by the Turnpike House pub, Ravensdale Road, N16.

Concern for Mr Houson’s health and welfare have been raised by the Metropolitan police as he suffers from dementia and requires regular medication.

Police have described him as a black male of around 6ft tall with a slim build and short grey hair. He was last seen wearing a brown hat and a green and white shirt with grey tracksuit trousers.

Mr Houston is a regular bus user and has been known to frequent the Hackney, Shepherds Bush, Tower Hamlets, Ealing and Westminster areas.

In 2015, a total of 282,066 missing persons related calls were made in England and Wales; 42,956 of which were made to the Met Police, the highest in the UK.

The charity Missing People has said that up to 80 per cent of missing people have some form of mental health issue and that four in 10 adults suffering from dementia will go missing at some point in their lives.

The police have urged anyone who has any information on Mr Houston’s whereabouts to contact the Hackney police force on 101, or via Twitter on @MetCC.

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