Police search for elderly missing man

PUBLISHED: 10:20 07 May 2012 | UPDATED: 12:25 07 May 2012

James Perkins.

James Perkins.

Avon and Somerset police

POLICE are searching for an elderly man with dementia who went missing from his home two days ago.

James Perkins, aged 74, was last seen at 11.30am on Saturday at a bus stop by Tesco in Weston town centre. He had said he was going shopping but it is unknown if he actually boarded a bus or where he was planning to go.

James has previously travelled to different parts of the country and spent time in bed and breakfast accommodation. People are asked to keep an eye out for James as they go out and about on the bank holiday weekend.

James is 5ft 7ins tall, medium build and looks frail. He has a pronounced stoop and used two walking sticks to support himself.

He has dark coloured hair on the back and side of his head and he was last seen wearing a black zip-up jacket, a red and black chequered shirt and black trousers.

Hoteliers and bed and breakfast providers are asked to be particularly vigilant in case someone matching James’ description turns up.

In the past James has travelled to Torquay and stayed in bed and breakfast there for several days and it is possible he may have travelled there again.

Police are becoming increasingly concerned for his welfare because of his age and health and he has previously been found collapsed in the street.

He becomes agitated and frustrated if he has trouble communicating and this is often mistaken for aggression by some people.

Anyone who has seen James since he went missing or knows where he is should contact Avon and Somerset police on 101.

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