Northern Ireland

Search for Samuel Campbell to resume in morning

RNLI lifeboat on coast
Image caption The search has moved to the area near Glenarm where Mr Campbell's bike was found

A search for a missing cyclist is to resume on the County Antrim coast near Glenarm on Thursday.

On Tuesday night a bicycle belonging to Samuel Campbell was found by a member of the public.

It was propped up against a low wall on the shoreline, about a mile outside Glenarm village.

Mr Campbell, 49, set out for a bike ride from his Kells home at 14:15 GMT on Sunday and failed to return home.

The police, coastguard, mountain rescue and the RNLI will gather at Glenarm harbour on Thursday to resume the search for Mr Campbell at 11:00 GMT.

Friends of the County Antrim man have also joined in the search.

Police said they are still treating it as a search for a missing person.

On Tuesday, Det Insp Bob Blemmings, who is leading the search for Mr Campbell, said it would be very unusual for him not to contact his family.

He said police were following a number of lines of inquiry.

These include that Mr Campbell had become ill or had had an accident.

Image caption This CCTV image of Mr Campbell was taken on Sunday afternoon

"He was last seen wearing a red top with the symbol TCG, black cycling leggings and cycle glasses," Det Insp Blemmings said.

Police are appealing for members of the public who may have seen Mr Campbell in the Coast Road area of Glenarm on Sunday afternoon or who has information which could assist them to contact them.

Mr Campbell would often cover about 20 to 30 miles on his bike rides so the search for him had been covering a wide area, including Kells, Ballymena, Clough, Ahoghill and Cullybackey.

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