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Sussex family in reward for safe return of disabled man

Piers Hopson
Piers Hopson has not been seen since leaving his care home in St Leonards

The family of a disabled man from East Sussex, who has been missing for more than two weeks, have offered a £10,000 reward for his safe return.

Piers Hopson, 35, suffers from autism and Asperger syndrome and has not been seen since leaving his care home in St Leonards on 25 January at 1430 GMT.

He is known to like walking and uses the local bus network.

Police have been following up possible sightings of him in Tunbridge Wells, Hastings, Eastbourne and Hailsham.

'Vulnerable adult'

Mr Hopson has gone missing once before but returned within 24 hours.

His mother, Dawn Hopson, said she and his father Roger were "living from hour to hour".

"He's such a vulnerable adult," she said.

"He can have an intelligent conversation with you but socially he is totally, totally inept."

At the time of his disappearance Mr Hopson was carrying £40 in cash, his bank card and a mobile phone.

Police said his bank account had not been touched, and when rung his mobile phone went to answerphone.

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