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Urgent appeal for information on missing inspector

RSPCA Inspector Mike Reid missing


Inspector Mike Reid

Update: 11.02.15

We continue to hope and pray for news of our colleague, RSPCA inspector Mike Reid, who has not been seen since Sunday.

Dermot Murphy, assistant director for the inspectorate, said:

Mike has dedicated more than 30 years of his life to the cause close to his heart. His disappearance while doing the job he loved is a tragedy.

Our acting chief executive David Canavan said:

I am heartbroken at Mike’s disappearance. Our frontline officers face many challenges and Mike has always shown courage and compassion in his determination to do his duty to help animals in need.

Today it is the turn of the RSPCA family to offer our support to Mike’s family, friends and colleagues during these darkest of days.

I would like to offer our sincere thanks to the thousands of people who have sent messages of support for Mike, his family and his RSPCA colleagues during this time.


We're working alongside Devon and Cornwall Police and the Coastguard after one of our inspectors went missing following a call-out near Penzance.

Inspector Mike Reid (pictured) hasn't been seen since he was called to a wildlife rescue involving 20 to 30 gannets stranded on rocks at Porthchapel Beach, near Penzance, at approximately 2pm on Sunday, 7 February.

The alarm was raised yesterday (Monday) morning when he had failed to return home from duty.

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Dermot Murphy, our assistant director for the Inspectorate, said:

We are extremely concerned and urge anyone who may have seen Mike yesterday to contact Devon and Cornwall Police who are leading the search.

He has not been seen since he responded to a call to our National Control Centre about stricken birds yesterday.

We are in close contact with his family and will continue to provide ongoing support through the search.

Mike, from Redruth, is aged 54, white, 5ft 8ins in height, of stocky build, with short greying spiked hair. He was wearing black trousers, a white shirt and black jumper.

Anyone with information about Mike’s whereabouts is asked to call 999 quoting reference 106 of 8 February.

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