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1D fans respond to Louis Tomlinson over missing man appeal

Louis Tomlinson (left) and Nigel Knights (right) Image copyright PA/Kent Police
Image caption Louis Tomlinson urged fans to share the appeal for information on missing Nigel Knights (right)

Tens of thousands of people have joined the appeal to find a missing grandfather after One Direction singer Louis Tomlinson shared details online.

The 24-year-old tweeted information about the search for Nigel Knights, 63, of Rochester, who disappeared on 9 May.

He told his 22 million followers: "Really want to help this family get reunited with Nigel. Can we all help? Please share!!"

His two posts have been retweeted by 89,000 and liked by 155,000 people.

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Image caption The One Direction singer tweeted links to the Facebook campaign to trace Nigel Knights

Mr Knights went missing after shopping with his family at a Morrisons store in Strood.

Kent Police said he did not have any cash on him or a phone, keys or a coat when he disappeared.

Family and friends will hold a vigil and a minute's silence at St Francis Church in Strood at 20:00 BST on Monday to mark the time he went missing.

A spokeswoman for Louis Tomlinson said: "Louis just saw the appeal and wanted to help. He still does.

"Hoping that awareness and exposure grows today."

The Kent Messenger newspaper reported on Monday that former Strictly Come Dancing star James Jordan had also urged people to share details of the missing person appeal, using the hashtag #FindNigelKnights.

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