Lost: White With Grey Hair Unknown Male In North West (WN2)

  • Dog ID 28929
  • Status Lost
  • Registered 01 Apr 2011
  • Gender & Breed Male Unknown
  • Age Elderly
  • Colour white with grey hair
  • Marks & Scars Norman (Wildfell Border Collies) is missing, last contact 5am 31st. sounding lost and confused.
  • Tagged No
  • Microchipped Unknown
  • Tattooed No
  • Date Lost 29 Mar 2011
  • Where Lost Hindley on way to Bolton. But never arrived.
  • Lost In Region North West
  • Lost In Post Area WN2
  • Date Reunited
  • Other Info He was driving a silver Vauxhall Astra reg FE53 WZU...his car was found on a car park at the opposite end of Hindley to the Monaco Dance Hall. He was later seen on a train travelling from London Euston to Wolverhampton at 8.50pm on March 30. The train stopped at Coventry, Birmingham and Dudley as well as Wolverhampton Police and family are looking for him.
  • Listed By Jayne - Founder Doglost.
  • Views 7198
  • NORMAN JOHNSONPoster Image


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DogLostMajorjet (Jan) - Area Co-ordinator - Liverpool/Merseyside, North West
Bolton NewsMystery after ‘missing’ man seen travelling on train
8:43am Monday 30th May 2011

A PENSIONER who has been missing for nearly two months caught a train to London soon after he disappeared, it has emerged.

Norman Johnson, aged 70, who lives in Tonge Moor, left the Monaco ballroom, in Hindley, on Tuesday, March 29, and had not been seen since.

But it has just been revealed that Mr Johnson boarded the train after a statement for the ticket was sent to his home seven weeks later.

He was later seen on a train travelling from London Euston to Wolverhampton at 8.50pm on March 30. The train stopped at Coventry, Birmingham and Dudley as well as Wolverhampton and it is possible Mr Johnson got off at any of the stops as officers have been unable to verify the exact details of the sighting as it was reported to them only recently and no CCTV is available.

It is possible Mr Johnson is suffering from dementia.

Det Sgt Tony Lunt, said: “Those close to Norman are extremely worried about him and we are keen to find out where he is.

“We know it is asking something of people to cast their minds back a couple of months, but our inquiries have been relentless throughout this time and very recently we were able to get information about this sighting on the train from London to the Midlands.”

Mr Johnson’s friend, Colin Sweeney, aged 65, who shares a house with the pensioner, added: “It is a glimmer of hope. I was certain Norman was dead but not now. You have to remain hopeful, but I still have to be realistic. My worst fear was that he had fallen or was in a shed, but now if he is in the city he could be being looked after in a shelter. It is just a mystery.”

Anyone with information should call police in Bolton on 0161 856 0064 or 0161 872 5050.
DogLostMajorjet (Jan) - Area Co-ordinator - Liverpool/Merseyside, North West
jdh-187, thanks for the alert via Facebook and for posting details on here.

Hope it brings some more news on Norman. Jan x

There's an update in today's Bolton Evening News


Let's hope he's found soon :-(
I'm from Ashton-in-makerfield but run a local business I have spread the word around our local customers and also on our facebook pages. I hope Norman is found safe and well soon.
Reference No: 11-000800 https://www.missingpeople.org.uk/o18/appeals
This is Norman's ref on the missing people web site x
I've also started a thread on Talking Point, The Alzheimer's Society forum for Norman http://forum.alzheimers.org.uk/showthread.php?t=33984
Here's hoping for news xx
DogLostMajorjet (Jan) - Area Co-ordinator - Liverpool/Merseyside, North West
Thank you to everyone on Facebook who is sharing and spreading the word. Jan x
DogLostJayne - Founder Doglost.
posters e mailed to helpers in nw1,3,5,8. w1,2. n1. wc1.
DogLostMajorjet (Jan) - Area Co-ordinator - Liverpool/Merseyside, North West
Have refreshed and updated on the NW Facebook pages and alerted all members on the North West group. Jan x
Good idea Mollychops! I have shared on Facebook,I hope Norman can be found soon.Best of luck.Xxx
maybe the family know which railway arches
DogLostMajorjet (Jan) - Area Co-ordinator - Liverpool/Merseyside, North West
Great there has been some recent developments and now the search can be broadened. Keeping everything crossed for his family. Good luck. Jan x
DogLostJayne - Founder Doglost.
poster e mailed out to helpers in euston area.
this would make some sort of sense because i did get a call a few weeks ago from a helper saying is this an april fool...and saying they knew norman about 20 years ago before he moved...and at that time he lived underneath the railway arches next to the station...cannot remember which station though...but if he has dementia maybe he would think he still lived there so he caught a train to get home....chances are with no money he is still in the area...
maybe if he now in the London area alerts could be sent to the SE team
Praying for good news of Norman. Liz xxLast edited: 2011-05-14 11:40:50
After weeks with no sightings or news there has been a development. This morning Colin received a letter addressed to Norman from an enforcement agency for an outstanding amount relating to a train ticket on the 30th March (the day after Norman's disappearance).from London Euston to Bolton. It is possible that somehow Norman got on a train and ended up at London Euston where he was caught travelling without a ticket, the agency obtained his name and address from his bus pass and issued the penalty but.for whatever reason.he never made it home? Hopefully the Police will now be able to review CCTV and speak to the enforcement agency etc to find out what might have happened to Norman next..."

Perhaps there is some hope.
DogLostMajorjet (Jan) - Area Co-ordinator - Liverpool/Merseyside, North West
Thanks everyone for posting updates on Norman's page greatly appreciated. We are all willing for him to be found and see him back home with his family. Jan x
I've just read on "Bolton News" website that police have given up actively searching for Norman, but are still hoping for information from anyone who may know of his whereabouts.
I keep checking this page daily for news - don't like to ask. My heart goes out to Norman's family - they must be devastated.
Dont know if anyone has been putting posters anywhere round the area, but so far i've not seen any, none of the local shops or vets in hindley have any posters up.
Of Course we have all been there before with missing dogs, where our hopes are raised by reports of sightings.But his friends are clutching at any sign of hope.
Norman is still missing. And news updates are very slow. But There has been a couple of sightings of Norman. Granted the first few were in a few hours of him going missing, but the police have CONFIRMED they have a sighting of him at 10am on the wednesday morning (not sure the source of the confirmation or even where he was sighted at that time.) I also know there is an Agiity person, whom is pretty certain she saw Norman on the Thursday morning, but this sighting has not been confirmed by the police.
Living in Hindley I've been keeping a look out. The police have searched my fields and barn as routine but no luck.
Me too Lizzy. xx
I think about him a lot during the day - it is so odd that there have been no sightings of him at all - can't begin to think what his family are going through. Hope today brings news of him. Liz xxLast edited: 2011-04-05 09:10:07
Tigermouse its in the bolton news.

Its hindley green industral estate (Coupland estate) apprently his phone was last around that area, i was called out around midnight that night and went down past that area towards atherton, if im honist - i didnt see anyone out, on my way back the police were parked up at the tesco express, but what i cant understand is, his car was found on danes avenue - which is going up to westhoughton, totaly the other side to hindley green.
DogLostMajorjet (Jan) - Area Co-ordinator - Liverpool/Merseyside, North West
The search is still on for Norman. Please keep spreading the word. Thanks. Jan x
DogLostJayne - Founder Doglost.
Thanks everyone!
Have forwarded the e-mail I recieved with the poster to all the people I know it that area or people that pass though it. Will take a poster into wk on monday!
I so feel for Normans family, my mom has dementia and is in a home. It is such a horrible disease. I am praying he is found soon and he can get the help he needs. Liz xx
DogLostMajorjet (Jan) - Area Co-ordinator - Liverpool/Merseyside, North West
Have added his details onto the following FB Groups


Missing Persons UK


Missing People
DogLostMajorjet (Jan) - Area Co-ordinator - Liverpool/Merseyside, North West
Thanks Paula. x
Paula Marie
Added to local LeighLife site. Hindley not far from Leigh.
Hope Norman is found safe and well.
DogLostMajorjet (Jan) - Area Co-ordinator - Liverpool/Merseyside, North West

Have posted details and photo on my Majorjet FB page and alerted 650 members on DOGLOST NORTH WEST Facebook Group.

THANK YOU to everyone who has started spreading the word.

Details updated and photo reloaded in the Image Photo box. Jan x
DogLostMajorjet (Jan) - Area Co-ordinator - Liverpool/Merseyside, North West
Just spoken to family, there has been no reported sightings of Norman. The top photo was only taken approx 2 months ago. Jan x
DogLostMajorjet (Jan) - Area Co-ordinator - Liverpool/Merseyside, North West
Thanks Angus, I have added the number to Bolton CID to the details and have tried to contact family for an update. Will start spreading the word. Hope Norman is found soon if not already. Jan x
this is taken from the Wigan News & clearer picture taken from newspaper article

Man missing from in Bolton
Thursday 31st March, 2011

Norman Johnson
Police are becoming increasingly concerned for the welfare of a 70-year-old man.

Norman Johnson, who lives in Tonge Moor, Bolton, was last seen at around 7.30pm on Tuesday 29 March 2011 as he attended a function at the Monaco Ballroom in Hindley.

He may be suffering the early stages of dementia and that night was driving a silver Vauxhall Astra, registration number FE53 WZU. Police are still looking for this vehicle.

Norman is white, 5ft 7in to 5ft 8in tall, of slim build, with grey short hair, a thick grey moustache and wears gold rim glasses.

He was last seen wearing a black suit with a black jumper that had a grey band around the middle. He was also wearing black boots.

Detective Sergeant Lee Shaw from Bolton CID said: "It has now been almost 48 hours since Norman's disappearance and his family are obviously very concerned about his welfare.

"It is extremely out of character for him to disappear and he also does not have his medication with him.

"We would urge anyone who knows of the whereabouts of Norman or who may have seen his car to get in touch with us."

Anybody with information is asked to contact the CID office at Bolton on 0161 856 2161.Last edited: 2011-04-01 19:51:19 by Angus
Might be worth his family contacting The Bolton News to see if they will publish an appeal for sightings - 01204 537270 (newsdesk)
I am so sorry, I hope he is found safe and wellLast edited: 2011-04-01 12:14:37
DogLostJayne - Founder Doglost.
They've found Normans car on a car park at the opposite end of Hindley to the Monaco
Dance Hall, still no sign of Norman though.
DogLostJayne - Founder Doglost.
This is not an April fool....please pass to contacts in this area. Poster has been e mailed out to wn helpers and BL helpers.
Sorry to see that NORMAN JOHNSON is missing.
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