Ipswich police appeal for information about cyclist missing since New Year's Eve

Gavin Francis' bike found near bridge on January 2

by John Stevenson   January 15, 2014  

Missing cyclist Gavin Francis

Suffolk police are appealing for information about cyclist Gavin Francis who has not been seen since New Year’s Eve.

The 44-year-old was reported missing by his family on Wednesday January 1 having not being seen since around 5:45pm on December 31 when he left his home in Purdis Farm near Ipswich to go for a bike ride.

On Thursday January 2, police found Gavin’s bike on steps near to the Orwell Bridge.

Since then Suffolk Lowland Search and Rescue, the coastguard and Suffolk Police including the NPAS helicopter have made numerous searches of the areas. Additionally work has been done to ascertain whether Gavin has been in touch with any friends or family but no evidence of any contact has been found.

Gavin is described as white, 6ft tall, of average build, with dark brown receding hair, blue eyes and is clean shaven. He was last seen wearing a navy blue lycra cycling top with a white stripe down the side and navy blue lycra cycling shorts.

Officers are keen to hear from anyone who may have seen Gavin in the area of the bridge on the evening of Tuesday 31 December.

Anyone with any information that may help is asked to call Ipswich Police on 101