Veteran pulls off D-Day mission

Hillingdon Times: A veteran reported missing from a care home has been located at the D-Day commemoration in France. A veteran reported missing from a care home has been located at the D-Day commemoration in France.

An 89-year-old veteran reported missing from a nursing home was found in France marking the anniversary of the D-Day landings.

The pensioner, who left wearing his war medals, has contacted the home and said his friends are going to make sure he gets back safely when the commemorations end.

Sussex Police were called at 7.15pm yesterday by staff at a nursing home in Hove who said an 89-year-old who lived there had gone out at 10.30am and had not been seen since.

He had gone out wearing a grey mack and a jacket underneath with his war medals on, police said.

Officers began searching the area, including checking hospitals in case something had happened to him, and spoke to bus and taxi companies, but none of them knew where he was.

The nursing home received a phone call from a younger veteran from Brighton at 10.30pm who said he had met the pensioner on a coach on the way to France and that they were safe and well in a hotel in Ouistreham.

In a statement, Sussex Police added: "We have spoken to the veteran who called the home today and are satisfied that the pensioner is fine and that his friends are going to ensure he gets back to Hove safely over the next couple of days after the D-Day celebrations finish.

"Once the pensioner is home we will go and have a chat with him to check he is ok."

Chief Superintendent Nev Kemp, Police Commander for the City of Brighton & Hove, also tweeted: "Love this:89yr old veteran reported missing by care home who said he can't go to Normandy for #DDay70 remembrance. We've found him there!"

Sussex Police said they would not be naming the man or the nursing home.

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6:20pm Fri 6 Jun 14

Red rose lad says...

How dare they tell him he can't go to Normandy to join in the anniversary remembrance. Surely to God he's earned the right. As you would expect of his generation, he was determined not to be thwarted. That indomitable spirit is why we have the freedom which we all have today. Sadly, the mean-spirited gits who run this care home tried to deny him his freedom. Hats off and thank-you and your comrades for your sacrifices Sir. Come on Mr Plod, name the nursing home and let them hear what we think and hang their heads in shame.
How dare they tell him he can't go to Normandy to join in the anniversary remembrance. Surely to God he's earned the right. As you would expect of his generation, he was determined not to be thwarted. That indomitable spirit is why we have the freedom which we all have today. Sadly, the mean-spirited gits who run this care home tried to deny him his freedom. Hats off and thank-you and your comrades for your sacrifices Sir. Come on Mr Plod, name the nursing home and let them hear what we think and hang their heads in shame. Red rose lad
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2:19pm Sat 7 Jun 14

welshmen says...

Red rose lad wrote:
How dare they tell him he can't go to Normandy to join in the anniversary remembrance. Surely to God he's earned the right. As you would expect of his generation, he was determined not to be thwarted. That indomitable spirit is why we have the freedom which we all have today. Sadly, the mean-spirited gits who run this care home tried to deny him his freedom. Hats off and thank-you and your comrades for your sacrifices Sir. Come on Mr Plod, name the nursing home and let them hear what we think and hang their heads in shame.
It's Called the Pines, and it's in Hove, the full story is now in the main media....
[quote][p][bold]Red rose lad[/bold] wrote: How dare they tell him he can't go to Normandy to join in the anniversary remembrance. Surely to God he's earned the right. As you would expect of his generation, he was determined not to be thwarted. That indomitable spirit is why we have the freedom which we all have today. Sadly, the mean-spirited gits who run this care home tried to deny him his freedom. Hats off and thank-you and your comrades for your sacrifices Sir. Come on Mr Plod, name the nursing home and let them hear what we think and hang their heads in shame.[/p][/quote]It's Called the Pines, and it's in Hove, the full story is now in the main media.... welshmen
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