Police grow increasingly concerned for dementia sufferer missing from home
Wednesday 26th July 2017 @ 13:19 by Nigel P.
Ashton Droylsden News Tameside


This is a picture of Geoffrey Ralph minus his beard, which is white. Police are working to obtain a more recent photo of Geoffrey with his beard

Police officers are growing increasingly concerned for the welfare of 74-year-old Geoffrey Ralph from Droylsden.

Geoffrey who suffers from dementia was last seen near to his home on Arbroath Street in Droylsden at around 2pm on Monday 24 July.

It has now been established that a report of Geoffrey boarding the 231 bus towards Ashton Town Centre on Monday was based on a false sighting.

Geoffrey  is described as white, of slim build, around 5ft 6in tall with short grey hair and a white beard.

He speaks with a Manchester accent and was last seen wearing a beige raincoat with orange stripes on the sleeves, brown/beige trousers, a navy pullover and brown Timberland boots. He was also seen wearing a soft, green corduroy cap.

Chief Inspector Neil McClure of GMP’s Tameside Borough, said: “As the hours have passed, our concern for Geoffrey has grown incredibly, especially as the weather has taken a turn for the worse and it’s almost 48 hours since he was last seen.

“We originally thought Geoffrey had got onto the 231 bus on Monday around 3pm but we have now established that this was a false sighting.


“We do however know that Geoffrey usually walks around Debdale Park, Daisy Nook, Hartshead Pike and often walks along the canal from Clayton vale to Daisy Nook so I’d ask people who often frequent those areas to familiarise themselves with his description and keep an eye out for him.

“Geoffrey has dementia so may appear in a confused state and we are doing everything we can to reunite him with his family who are understandably extremely worried and just want him home safe and sound.”

If you see Geoffrey, please contact 101 quoting MP/16/0097208 or the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.