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Search for missing Wirral man continues
THE search for a Wirral man who has been missing since the weekend continued last night.
More than 50 people took part in the search for John Ankers, which covered Bidston Hill, Thurstaston Common, Formby and Liverpool.
John was last seen leaving his home in Sandfield Road, Upton, at around 10.15am on Sunday before travelling to work at Blockbuster in Birkenhead.
The 28-year-old did not turn up for work and has not been seen or been in contact since.
His disappearance has been described as out of character.
It is believed John had been told days before that he faced being made redundant after the collapse of the DVD rental company.
His family and friends are appealing for him to get in touch to let them know he is safe.
Speaking on behalf of John's wife Katrina, family friend Emma Coulson told the Globe this morning: "A lot of people turned out to look for him on Tuesday night, and on behalf of the family we want to say thank you for their support. The search is continuing today.
"It's not just a missing person; it's someone's husband, son and our best friend.
"Please help us keep up the search for him."
John is 5ft 8ins tall of medium build with short, straight dark brown hair. He was last seen wearing a black jacket, white Ralph Lauren polo shirt, blue skinny fit jeans and black Van trainers with white soles.
It is believed John may have travelled to Birkenhead by bus on Sunday morning. He is also known to frequent Formby, Liverpool city centre, West Kirby, Heswall, Royden Park and Thurstaston beach.
Emma Coulson said yesterday: "We're hoping he does come home. Even if it's the case that he does not want to come home, at least if he contacts Katrina to let her know he’s safe, that's all we want.
"If John is reading this online or is keeping up with Facebook or Twitter, we want him to know that Katrina loves you and wants to know that you're safe."
Since it was launched on Monday the facebook page FindJohnAnkers has drawn more than 4000 followers.
Police are urging John, or anyone who has seen him to contact police on 101. Alternatively, call the Missing People charity on 116 000.
The Facebook page is http://www.facebook.com/FindJohnAnkers?fref=ts