Six weeks after the Crystal Palace Library campaigner Robert “Robbie” Gibson went missing from his South London home, the appeal to find him continues with national TV coverage on Monday.
[Robbie with punk musician Capt Sensible]
Upper Norwood Library, which Robbie has campaigned to keep open, is the setting for the interview on Monday 25th July (7pm, BBC1), featuring family friend Joe Duggan.
Concern mounts for Robbie’s well-being and safety, six weeks after he disappeared in a “vulnerable headspace” on Monday 13th June. His family and friends are said to be “extremely concerned”.
Since Robbie’s disappearance, CCTV provided from the Metropolitan Police confirms Robbie’s arrival on the Isle of Wight on the day of his disappearance. The footage shows him leaving the Co-Op store on Landguard Road, Shanklin at 19.45pm, and heading in the direction of the town centre.
Steve Broe, a well known busker from Crystal Palace, has been spending time on the Isle of Wight, performing, distributing fliers and raising awareness of his friend. Steve has been supported by a growing number of concerned Isle of Wight residents.
Joe, on behalf of family and friends said, “We are really moved by the great support we received and continue to receive from the Isle of Wight community. We ask you to keep putting up the flyer we have produced, and sharing and tweeting it online, so we can find out if this father, husband and friend is safe and well.”
[Find Robbie search team in South Norwood]
This week’s Big Issue magazine also feature’s Robbie, helping spread coverage nationally in the hope his picture will alert the police to his whereabouts.
Robert is described as white, 6ft tall, of slim build with grey hair. He wears black rimmed Prada glasses. He was last seen wearing a green/khaki ‘Barbour-style’ jacket, brown trousers and white trainers.
Police on the Isle of Wight are also working closely with the Lambeth Missing Persons Unit, and searches have been made in co-ordination with local rescue services.
Anyone with information on his whereabouts is asked to call police on 101 or ring the charity Missing People on 116000, where calls will be dealt with in confidence.
The campaign to find Robbie is being co-ordinated through Crystal Palace Transition Town (https://www.facebook.com/groups/CrystalPalaceTransitionTown/), whilst #FindRobbie is drawing a massive audience on Twitter.