Police launch appeal to help find missing man James Perkins from Cratfield

James Perkins, who was reported missing to police at 10.30pm on Tuesday, November 22. Photo: Suffolk

James Perkins, who was reported missing to police at 10.30pm on Tuesday, November 22. Photo: Suffolk Police - Credit: Suffolk Police

Suffolk police are appealing for help in tracing a missing 60-year old man from Cratfield.

Scene at Homersfield on 23/11/16

Scene at Homersfield on 23/11/16 - Credit: Archant

James Perkins was reported missing to police at 10.30pm on Tuesday, 22 November after his car was discovered off the B1062 close to the River Waveney in Homersfield, near to Mendham Marshes.

Mr Perkins is known to go open water swimming, so it is believed that he may have entered the river at Homerfield at some point yesterday.

Scene at Homersfield on 23/11/16

Scene at Homersfield on 23/11/16 - Credit: Archant

Police have been conducting searches by the river along with the National Police Air Service Helicopter and HM Coastguard after becoming concerned that he may have experienced difficulties while swimming in the current.

Nine Coastguard Rescue officers from the Lowestoft and Southwold Coastguard Rescue teams attended the search, there was no sighting of Mr Perkins, but the area was found to be heavily flooded.

Scene at Homersfield on 23/11/16

Scene at Homersfield on 23/11/16 - Credit: Archant

Police are currently conducting further enquiries and preparing a new search plan.

Suffolk Constabulary are urging anyone who believes they may have seen a man swimming in the River Waveney yesterday, or who may have seen Mr Perkins elsewhere, to contact the duty sergeant at Halesworth Police Station by calling 101.

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