Information sought regarding missing man last seen in Fort William

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Police in Lochaber are appealing for information to assist the search for Charlie Clift, aged 56, who is from South Wales but is believed to be in the Fort William area.

Lochaber Inspector Andrew Bilton said:

‘Officers are making enquiries with local businesses and hotels as it is believed Mr Clift made purchases from a number of outdoor shops in the town centre after checking out of a hotel on Tuesday (January 30). Enquiries have established that Mr Clift bought outdoor clothing and gear, including a grey beanie hat, fleece, socks, a map and a rucksack; similar to the items in the images attached.

‘Police are appealing to residents and visitors in the local area to remain vigilant and report any potential sightings of Mr Clift. In particular we are hoping to communicate our appeal to outdoor enthusiasts and walkers who may be in vicinity of Ben Nevis/Fort William and other local hiking routes; please bear Mr Clift’s description in mind when out and about and make contact via 101 with any information.

‘Given the lack of contact from Mr Clift and the decline in weather conditions, his family, friends and officers are understandably increasingly concerned for Mr Clift’s welfare and we would therefore urge anyone with information, no matter how insignificant it may seem, to contact Police on 101. Sharing our appeal on social media is also incredibly helpful and we thank everyone for their assistance so far.’

Mr Clift is described as 5ft 10ins in height, medium build, bald and occasionally wears glasses. When last seen in Fort William town centre on Tuesday 30 January, he was wearing a blue outdoor jacket, as above.