Humberside

Identity of Cleethorpes mystery man sought

Two images of the man released by police Image copyright Humberside Police
Image caption Humberside Police has asked for the public's help to find the man's friends and family

A mystery man who has lost his memory has been found sleeping rough in a seaside resort.

The man, who said his name was David or Tony Thorpe and his date of birth was 5 October 1955, was found in Cleethorpes, North East Lincolnshire in September.

He told Humberside Police he thought he was from Rotherham and could have links to Blackpool.

But the force said a search of police and NHS systems had found nothing and they are now appealing for help.

Image copyright Humberside Police
Image caption The mystery man is suffering from a temporary loss of identity, mental health experts say

The man told officers he has dissociative fugue, a disorder which the mental health charity Mind describes as a "temporary loss of identity" which may lead sufferers to assume a "different identity and a new life".

Det Ch Insp Paul Welton said: "This is a very rare case in which somebody will come to an area, and have no idea who they are and if they have any family.

"The man is no longer sleeping rough and is being supported by the police and a number of agencies.

"He does not drink alcohol and does not take any form of drugs or medication, this is a genuine case of somebody who really does need to the help of the public to return home to his family and his friends."

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