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To phone the police about my neighbour?

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DogGoneMad Thu 22-Sep-11 11:27:12

He lives directly opposite me and we haven't seen him for about 10 days. His curtains have not moved and his car hasnt moved either.

He is in his late 50's and lives alone. He is also a real loner so he doesn't have any friends that I know of that I can ask. Infact in the 10 years I have lived here I have never even seen him have a visitor!

I've had a nosey through the letter box and front window and can't see anything out of order.

I'm just worried that if the police come they might break his door down and then what if he is on holiday??

DogGoneMad Thu 22-Sep-11 11:28:09

Should add that I've asked around the neighbours and nobody else has seen him either.

BelleDameSansMerci Thu 22-Sep-11 11:28:51

Could you ask your other neighbours first? If not, then a call to the non-emergency number is probably a good idea...

squeakytoy Thu 22-Sep-11 11:29:07

He could have gone on holiday.

BelleDameSansMerci Thu 22-Sep-11 11:29:09

Sorry, x posted...

kat2504 Thu 22-Sep-11 11:29:25

Have you tried knocking on the door or phoning him?
As you say he may well just be away for a couple of weeks.

worraliberty Thu 22-Sep-11 11:30:27

I would ring them.

My neighbour wasn't answering his door or phone for a few days and his girlfriend got worried and went round there.

He was dead on the kitchen floor...died of an aneurysm and he was only 37 sad

DogGoneMad Thu 22-Sep-11 11:30:59

I've knocked on the door several times. I don't know his phone number or his surname.

I've never known him go on holiday so it's unusual.

izzywhizzyletsgetbusy Thu 22-Sep-11 11:31:09

Have you teamed up with his next door neighbours and had a look at the back of the house?

DogGoneMad Thu 22-Sep-11 11:31:52

Christ Worral, that's bloody awful!

GypsyMoth Thu 22-Sep-11 11:32:20

Does he work?

Orchidskeepdying Thu 22-Sep-11 11:33:15

This sounds like a case for Scooby Do and the gang.

CatFlaps Thu 22-Sep-11 11:33:42

Same thing happened with a neighbour of mine. He was in his 50s. He was found dead.

squeakytoy Thu 22-Sep-11 11:33:52

I would ring the non-emergency number then.

DogGoneMad Thu 22-Sep-11 11:35:31

He does work yes.

kat2504 Thu 22-Sep-11 11:36:01

Well better safe than sorry then, if you ring the non emergency number you will at least feel like you have not ignored it and done nothing.
Hope your worries turn out to be unfounded though.

DogGoneMad Thu 22-Sep-11 11:36:19

Ok, mind is made up, will phone non emergency number.

grovel Thu 22-Sep-11 11:36:56

Let us know the outcome please.

izzywhizzyletsgetbusy Thu 22-Sep-11 11:38:55

Are there any windows open - I'm not suggesting you gain access but to look to see if it appears that something untoward may have happened rather than the house having been secured because he's either gone, or been called, away?

Does he work and/or keep regular hours - lights on off at more or less the same times each day etc?

bananamam Thu 22-Sep-11 11:40:25

Call non emergency number. I would.

scurryfunge Thu 22-Sep-11 11:41:36

Does he have a car and is it there?

worraliberty Thu 22-Sep-11 11:41:36

Yeah it was.

Her mate had left her at the door and I'll never forget the sound of her screaming her name. She was just stood in the street, so helpless.

And when the police and ambulance arrived, they were all holding cloths over their faces because of the smell sad

Obviously your neighbour could be on holiday (let's hope so) but if he's a bit of a loner, you just don't know.

That's why I think it was better when everyone had milk delivered. So often you'd hear of the Milkman ringing the police when the milk's not taken in.

scurryfunge Thu 22-Sep-11 11:42:23

Sorry -just read the car reference

DogGoneMad Thu 22-Sep-11 11:46:29

I phone them, they are going to get someone out asap. They were very nice about it and said I'd done the right thing.

izzywhizzyletsgetbusy Thu 22-Sep-11 11:48:10

Hopefully he'll saunter along the road wearing a panama hat and carrying a suitcase before the police smash his front door in - for which I doubt he'll thank his concerned neighbours.

I would have thought that his employers would have alerted the police if he hadn't turned up for work for the past 10 days and they'd not heard from him, which suggests that he could simply be on a 2 week package holiday.

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