The Search

Police searching the River Esk around the upper harbour for missing man Ian Gibbon''w135305a
Police searching the River Esk around the upper harbour for missing man Ian Gibbon''w135305a
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Police are still searching for a Whitby man who hasn’t been seen since he left his home a week ago.

Ian Gibbon (43) left his home at Stainsacre at around 10pm on the Friday between Christmas and New Year and police say they are concerned for his welfare.

His car was found the following day on Larpool Lane but there has been no trace of him.

Search teams involving the lifeboat, mountain rescue, coastguard and police have been working ever since in a desperate bid to find him.

Police said that searches resumed yesterday and on New Year’s Eve police scoured a stretch of the River Esk from the viaduct to Whitby harbour in a dinghy using specialist search equipment.

In the days following Ian’s disappearance they focussed their attentions on the woods around Larpool after his car - a silver Vauxhall Zafira was found parked nearby.

Search and rescue teams were tasked to search the woods around the viaduct in the early hours of Saturday morning while the in-shore lifeboat searched along the Esk as far as Ruswarp and Coates Marine.

The possibility that Ian may have got into a taxi from the New Bridge on Saturday morning and headed for Scarborough was also ruled out earlier this week when the driver came forward following a police appeal for information.

The police are also urging members of the public to keep an eye out for Ian and for them to get in touch if they see anyone matching his description.

He is described as white, around 5ft 6in tall, with a medium build, short black hair, brown eyes and a pale complexion.

It is believed Ian is wearing blue jeans, a dark green hooded top and brown Adidas trainers.

Anyone who has seen Ian since Friday night is urged to contact North Yorkshire Police on 101 - select option 1 - and pass information to the Force Control Room.

Please quote reference number 12130223922 when passing information about Ian Gibbon’s whereabouts.