Mum appeals for her son to come home

THE mother of a schizophrenia sufferer, who has been missing from Weston for two months, has made a heart-felt appeal for his return.

THE mother of a schizophrenia sufferer, who has been missing from Weston for two months, has made a heart-felt appeal for his return.

Jean Pope asked anyone who may have seen Gerald Pope, who was last seen around the Bournville estate naked, to contact the police.

The 45-year-old, from the Bournville estate, has not been seen since September, but he was only reported missing on October 29.

Mrs Pope, from Bath, said she is very concerned about Gerald as he may not have the medication he requires to treat his condition.


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She added: "Gerald has gone missing before but he has always returned within a week.

"I just want to know that he is safe, even if he doesn't come home straight away."

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The 63-year-old made the plea at Avon and Somerset Constabulary headquarters in Portishead on Friday, where she was accompanied by her sister Anna Pope, who said their Christmas would be made complete by his return.

She added: "Gerald has been known to walk around naked and people may recognise him from when he has been preaching in Weston's town centre.

"He is very religious and believes God will protect him so he doesn't have to wear clothes.

"He has also gone for long periods of time without eating or drinking because of his belief in God.

"We are quite concerned this could be the case now - if he has got rid of his clothes the outlook isn't good as we have had such cold nights recently."

Gerald has two sisters, Josephine, aged 37, and 36-year-old Una, who will be spending Christmas with Mrs Pope.

Gerald was described by his aunt as a loving, kind man who does not pose any threat to members of the public.

He is of mixed heritage, about 5ft 8ins tall, with short black hair and a gaunt appearance.

There have been unconfirmed sightings of him in Weston, Clevedon and Nailsea, but he has been known to travel outside of the North Somerset area.

DS Rich Baber urged anyone who may walk in woods or the countryside to be on the look out as he has been known to sleep rough in such areas before.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the police on 0845 456 7000.

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