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South Yorkshire Police Missing Person Investigation into the disappearance of Richard Dyson

Details of Incident

" It breaks my heart over and over again "

These are the words of Bethany Dainty, the daughter of Barnsley man Richard Dyson who she would normally be looking forward to spending a bumper festive period with as he celebrates his birthday on Christmas Eve. But since he went missing on Sunday 17 November 2019, Bethany and her family have woken up every day still not knowing where he is, experiencing that feeling repeatedly.

Footage obtained by Police is now being released from the night before his disappearance in November 2019 and today (Monday 20 December) South Yorkshire Police are issuing this publicly alongside a new plea from Bethany.  The footage was taken in the forecourt of the Shell Garage petrol station on Sheffield Road in Birdwell at about 10.30pm on Saturday 16 November 2019.  It shows Richard pull up in his car, a silver Land Rover Freelander with the registration T321 POW,

before entering the petrol station and making a purchase. He then returns to his car, opens the bonnet and checks something before driving off.

Detectives are hoping that by seeing this it triggers a memory for somebody who might know where he travelled to next.  DCI Mark Oughton, leading the investigation said " We know Bethany and her family are still being tormented by Richard's disappearance and are hoping this footage might be a trigger for a memory someone has locked away that might be released upon seeing these images.  Somebody knows where he is, and we hope that they might now come forward to bring this ordeal to an end for Bethany and everyone who knows and loves Richard.

If Richard is reading this, please come forward and let us know where you are. You will not be in trouble and you will be bringing such a huge piece of mind to your friends and family."  

Contact Information

Please click on the link below to provide your details and information you may have.  If you would prefer to speak to someone please contact the Major Incident Room on 01709 443544 (Not staffed 24 hours) or 101 quoting incident number 459 of 25 November 2019. Alternatively, if you don't want to speak to the Police directly, you can contact independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously via their website - or by calling their UK contact Centre on 0800 555 111.