VOLUNTEERS helping in the search for missing Warrington man James Miller have been left angry and upset after vandals removed and damaged posters which have been placed in various areas across the town.
It is now more than a month since Mr Miller went missing and an army of volunteers have rallied placing posters all over Warrington.
One of the volunteers Julie Francis said some posters had been deliberately vandalised and pulled down, while some had also become victims of the weather.
“It’s disgusting behaviour,” she said. “A lot have been deliberately been vandalised or taken down in areas across Warrington including Fearnhead, Sankey, Latchford and Bewsey.
“We now need to hear from people about the ones we need replacing. Posters have been taken out of the clear plastic wallets that is why we are laminating them more now.
“Meanwhile a big thank you to everyone whos collected posters.
Julie added: “The public have been fantastic buying ink, cable ties, Laminating pouches and donations of paper for printers – it’s overwhelming.”
James’ sister Emma Miller added: “We are aware of some youths causing trouble in areas and posters are being ripped down.
“We know the great British weather has been against us as well, so if anyone does see any looking worse for wear please take them down, but I kindly ask you can let us know where, as we are working on getting these replaced as soon as possible.
“Thank you for your continued support lets keep James’s face fresh.”
Police have carried out extensive searches, including house to house inquiries in and around the Latchford area and also followed up reported sightings.
James had suffered a breakdown last September and his family fear his condition had worsened due lockdown.
James was last seen on Slater Street in Latchford at 11pm on Tuesday 22 December when he left home after a family argument but hasn’t been seen since and his disappearance is said to be completely out of character.
He is described as 5ft 8ins tall with bright blue eyes, of a medium build and with a distinctive scar on the side of his head. He was wearing a white t-shirt and grey jogging bottoms and is believed to be on foot.
A facebook group has been set up as part of the appeal which has already attracted more than 8.5k members. CLICK HERE You can report missing posters via the group.
Anyone with information on James Miller should contact police on 101 quoting IML 880492.