Horse fair focus in search for missing man

Scott Fletcher
Scott Fletcher

POLICE investigating the case of missing Hartlepool man Scott Fletcher say the search is focusing on a popular horse fair.

Scott, 28, was last seen at around 8.20pm on May 11 last year in the lay-by opposite the Jet garage on the A181 at Wheatley Hill.

His distraught family have made several appeals for information and police say the search is currently focused on the Appleby Horse Fair, in Cumbria.

Officers investigating the case say Scott is a keen horse enthusiast and he has previously attended the fair with his five-year-old daughter Lucie.

Around 10,000 travellers attend the fair along with around 30,000 other visitors.

The fair runs until Wednesday, June 13.

Officers hope that by raising awareness of Scott’s disappearance, this may bring some new information to light, particularly as Scott has a large number of friends who attend the fair.

The search for Scott has previously extended to the Durham, Cumbria and Liverpool areas as it is believed he has connections there.

Detective Chief Inspector Jon Green, of Hartlepool Police, said: “Scott has friends in the Cumbria area and also within the traveller community.

“We hope that by bringing some attention to Scott’s disappearance new information may come to light that will help us to trace Scott.

“His family are still distraught that they haven’t heard from him for this long period of time and we are concerned because of his lack of contact with his children in particular.

“I would urge anyone with information to contact us, or for Scott to call his family to let them know he is safe.”

He is from the Throston area of Hartlepool, but is known to have connections in the Wheatley Hill, West Rainton and Cumbria areas.

Scott was last seen wearing a black sweat shirt and black jeans and this is the latest in a long line of appeals for information.

In May, his concerned family released a fresh picture on the first anniversary of him going missing.

Scott’s mum, Julie Fletcher, said the family are concerned Scott had missed a number of milestones involving his daughter Lucie and stepson Bradley.

Speaking at the time Julie said: “This last year has been a very painful and worrying time for all of us as we still do not know what has happened to our much loved son Scott.

“It concerns us that Scott has missed so many important milestones, including his daughter Lucie’s fifth birthday, Bradley’s seventh birthday and Lucie’s first day at school, and I know that as a father he would have participated fully in those events.”

Anyone who knows of his whereabouts is asked to contact Det Chf Insp Green on (01642) 302178 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.