Fears grow for missing Grantham pensioner

Jack (Derek) Foster Image copyright Lincolnshire Police
Image caption Lincolnshire Police has released a photo of Jack Foster with superimposed glasses similar to the ones he wears

Concern is growing for a pensioner who has been missing from home since before Christmas.

Jack Foster, known as Derek, from Long Bennington, Lincolnshire disappeared after attending a hospital appointment on 23 December.

The 83-year-old was last spotted at Grantham bus station but police said it was not known if he got on a bus.

The force said his disappearance was "out of character" and his survival in the cold weather was a concern.

Mr Foster had been treated at Grantham Hospital for a fractured shoulder on the afternoon he disappeared.

'Shuffle' walk

He was due to be taken home by taxi but was last seen at the town's bus station at about 14:35 GMT waiting at a stand from where buses go to Bottesford, Leicestershire.

Insp Richard Hammond said it was not known if Mr Foster caught the Bottesford bus or another bus.

He said: "If Jack has not had shelter since - particularly when it snowed heavily - we are concerned he possibly could not have survived that weather."

Mr Foster was last seen wearing a dark brown overcoat, dark trousers and shoes.

He is described as a white man of slim build, with grey receding hair and glasses.

Insp Hammond said Mr Foster has limited mobility due to his injured arm and his walk is described as a "shuffle".

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