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Police searching for Piers Hopson seek men on CCTV film

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

Police searching for a disabled man missing in East Sussex for more than five weeks have released CCTV images of two men they are keen to identify.

Piers Hopson, 35, suffers from Asperger syndrome and was last seen leaving his care home in St Leonards on 25 January.

CCTV footage shows him walking along Rock-a-Nore Road, in the old town of Hastings, at about 1615 GMT that day.

One of the men sought is seen walking behind Mr Hopson, while the other is seen walking past him.

The first man seen walking behind Mr Hopson, on the opposite side of Rock-a-Nore Road, then walks into a car park, adjacent to the town's Fishermen's Museum.

Police said he appeared to be wearing light blue jeans, dark shoes or trainers, a dark waist-length coat and possibly a red scarf. He had long grey hair.

They said the second man seen walking past Mr Hopson on Rock-a-Nore Road appeared to be wearing a beige beanie-style hat, a black jacket, black jeans and beige plimsolls, and was carrying a black bag.

CCTV images of the men sought
Both men were walking along Rock-a-Nore Road, in Hastings

Det Insp Rob Morland said: "We would like to identify these men to establish whether or not they remember seeing Piers or saw where he went on the day in question.

"We urge anyone who recognises these men, or who may have seen Piers in the Rock-a-Nore area on the day he went missing, to call Sussex Police."

Mr Hopson's parents have offered a £10,000 reward for his safe return.

At the time of his disappearance he was not wearing winter clothes, and was only carrying £40 in cash.

Mr Hopson is about 5ft 7in (1.6m) tall, of medium build, with dark hair. He wears wire framed glasses.

He was last seen wearing a grey anorak, dark trousers, an oatmeal coloured jumper with a brown, red and green pattern across the chest and sleeves, and medium brown coloured shoes.

His mother, Dawn Hopson, described him as a "vulnerable adult".

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



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