Chesterfield police praise shop staff for helping to find missing man

Police in Chesterfield have praised staff at BHS in Chesterfield for their help in finding a vulnerable young man who had got lost in the town centre.
Police in Chesterfield have praised staff at BHS in Chesterfield for their help in finding a vulnerable young man who had got lost in the town centre.

Police in Chesterfield have praised staff at a department store for their help in finding a vulnerable young man who had got lost in the town centre.

The 20-year-old, who suffers with learning difficulties, was shopping in BHS on Vicar Lane with his mum at around 3pm on Wednesday, December 9.

He left without telling her where he had gone and she was very concerned about his safety, so asked in the store if anyone had seen him.

The BHS team used the Shop Watch system to alert the police and other businesses in the area that he had gone missing and even went out of the store to look for him.

He was found safe and well in less than 15 minutes and the team is going to keep in touch with the family to help make their store a safe and familiar place for him to go should he ever lose his way again.

PCSO John Lockwood, of the Chesterfield Safer Neighbourhood Policing Team, presented the staff with a certificate on Thursday as a formal thank-you and to highlight their good work.

Inspector John Turner, who is the lead on policing in the Chesterfield section, said: “The staff at BHS should be praised for the way in which they went above and beyond to find this vulnerable young man and for also for the support and reassurance they offered to his mother who was understandably very upset and worried about his safety.

“It shows a great commitment to the way in which they care for the wellbeing of their customers and the community as a whole.”