Charlie Clift has gone missing in the Lochaber area

Charlie Clift has gone missing in the Lochaber area

Police in the Highlands are appealing to walkers and other outdoor enthusiasts to be on the lookout for a south Wales man who has gone missing.

Charlie Clift in known to have bought various items of outdoor gear in Fort William after checking out of his hotel more than a week ago.

Police said they are increasingly concerned for the 56-year-old’s welfare.

Lochaber Inspector Andrew Bilton said: “Officers are making enquiries with local businesses and hotels as it is believed Mr Clift made purchases from a number of outdoor shops in the town centre after checking out of a hotel on Tuesday 30 January.

“Enquiries have established that Mr Clift bought outdoor clothing and gear including a grey beanie hat, fleece, socks, a map and a rucksack.”

“Police are appealing to residents and visitors in the local area to remain vigilant and report any potential sightings of Mr Clift.

Mr Clift was wearing a blue jacket when last seen in Fort William

Mr Clift was wearing a blue jacket when last seen in Fort William

“In particular we are hoping to communicate our appeal to outdoor enthusiasts and walkers who may be in vicinity of Ben Nevis and Fort William and other local hiking routes. Please bear Mr Clift’s description in mind when out and about and make contact via 101 with any information.

“Given the lack of contact from Mr Clift and the decline in weather conditions, his family, friends and officers are understandably increasingly concerned for Mr Clift’s welfare and we would therefore urge anyone with information, no matter how insignificant it may seem, to contact Police on 101.

“Sharing our appeal on social media is also incredibly helpful and we thank everyone for their assistance so far.”

Mr Clift is believed to have bought gear similar to these items

Mr Clift is believed to have bought gear similar to these items

Mr Clift is described as 5ft 10ins (1.78m) tall, medium build, bald and occasionally wears glasses. When last seen in Fort William town centre on Tuesday 30 January 2017, he was wearing a blue outdoor jacket and has a green fleece and black rucksack with red and grey coloured patches.

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