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Missing armed Dudley man vanished after sex offence allegations
1:19pm Thursday 26th September 2013 in News
A MISSING Dudley man who vanished taking a legally owned shotgun is wanted in connection with serious sexual offences.
West Midlands Police have revealed Garry Foster, from The Priory, disappeared on Sunday September 22 shortly after the allegations emerged.
A major police search involving up to 75 officers is underway to locate Mr Foster, aged 53, who cops believe could be using self-taught survival skills to lay low in remote countryside.
West Midlands Police Superintendent Andy Parsons, said: "Mr Foster disappeared after allegations were made against him; these were of a serious sexual nature against people known to him and are part of a separate investigation by West Midlands Police. Our absolute priority at the moment is to locate Garry and ensure he's safe and well.
"Mr Foster is known to spend weekends or several days in remote locations, living off the land and using his firearms to shoot vermin and wildlife.
"We're liaising with the farming community and urging them to be on the lookout for him and his vehicle, and similarly are asking walkers or hikers to report any potential sightings.
"He's known to practise his outdoor hobby across a vast area of south Staffordshire and Worcestershire; it's an extensive potential search scene so we're really keen for members of the public to report suspected sightings or information that could lead us to locate him."
Mr Foster is described as white and medium build with dark, receding and greying hair; he has a greying moustache with a goatee beard. When last seen he was wearing a grey t-shirt and black jeans.
He disappeared without taking any personal possessions other than a 12-bore pump-action shotgun.
The last known sighting of Mr Foster was at 3.26pm on the day he disappeared when he was caught on CCTV near Kidderminster driving a blue-silver Mitsubishi Pajero with the registration number L216 PTO.
Supt Parsons added: "Given that Mr Foster is believed to be in possession of a shotgun we'd urge members of the public not to approach him but to contact police on the 999 or 101 numbers."
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