Officers searching for a missing man in Poole are renewing their appeal for information from the public to help find him.

Dorset Police received a report at 11.17am on Tuesday 5 March 2024 raising concern for the welfare of 57-year-old Richard Smith.

Following further enquiries, it is now believed Richard was last seen at around 5.30pm on Thursday 29 February 2024 in Julyan Avenue in the Wallisdown area.

Richard is described as five feet 11 inches tall with very short hair and wears glasses. He was last seen wearing blue jeans, a dark blue or navy-coloured shirt jacket with brown trainer-type shoes.

Chief Inspector Matt Buller, of Dorset Police, said: “We remain very concerned for Richard’s welfare and need to find him to ensure he is safe and well.

“We now know that Richard was last seen on Thursday 29 February 2024. However, we do not know his movements since that date and would ask anyone with information about his whereabouts to please come forward.

“As part of our appeal, I am issuing a CCTV image of Richard from Monday 26 February 2024 that shows a recent picture of what he looked like in the days before he went missing. I am hoping this may help jog someone’s memory if they think they may have seen Richard locally.

“If you live in the surrounding areas of Wallisdown, I would like to renew my appeal for anyone with home CCTV or doorbell cameras to review their footage for any possible sightings that may inform us on where Richard may have gone.

“Finally, if you are able to read this Richard – please let us or your loved ones know where you are. We all want to make sure you are OK.”

Anyone with information or knowledge as to Richard’s whereabouts is asked to contact Dorset Police at or by calling 101, quoting occurrence number 55240033688.

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