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Missing Sevenoaks pensioner Ken Henson: police to focus on area near wildlife reserve

By Chloe Holmwood

Police searching for a pensioner missing for almost a month will focus on an area near the wildlife reserve in Sevenoaks today.

Ken Henson, of Oakhill Road, Sevenoaks, was last seen by friends and family on the evening of Thursday, May 25. 

The 80-year-old was spotted on CCTV on Friday, May 26 at a Shell petrol station on Tubbs Hill, but has not been seen since. 

Ken Henson has been missing since May 25 from Sevenoaks

Ken Henson has been missing since May 25 from Sevenoaks

Initial search operations focused around his home but extended to parkland in Montreal Park, Knoll Park and the wildlife reserve

Specialist search dogs, helicopters, drones and a large number of search officers have been deployed over recent weeks to locate the missing man, but despite hundreds of man hours there has been no sign of Mr Henson.

Today, another large search operation is going to be carried out.

Drones from Kent Search and Rescue (KSAR) will oversee a large scale search involving sniffer dogs, boats, kayaks and around 40 search officers from KSAR and police.

Ken Henson was seen on CCTV in the Shell petrol station on Tubbs Hill, Sevenoaks, on Friday, May 25

Ken Henson was seen on CCTV in the Shell petrol station on Tubbs Hill, Sevenoaks, on Friday, May 25

Stewart Baird, search manager for KSAR, said, “Ken Henson’s case is very much still active and we continue to deploy resources to find him.

“Kent Police and KSAR have dedicated hundreds of man hours and searched huge areas in and around Sevenoaks in an attempt to locate him.

“It is highly unusual for someone to disappear in the way Ken has. We have appealed to the public to be vigilant and to check their gardens and outbuildings but so far there has been no sign of him.

“Kent Police continue to dedicate a significant amount of resource to this incident and KSAR will continue to support the police by deploying a variety of specialist search assets to the Sevenoaks area.”

Mr Henson is described as white, 5ft 7in tall with grey hair, bald on top, with a short beard.

 

Anyone with any information can call Kent Police on 101 quoting crime reference 27-1536.

The search for a pensioner who went missing from Sevenoaks has now entered its 11th day. 

Ken Henson was last seen by friends and family since last Thursday evening, May 25. 

The 80-year-old was spotted on CCTV on Friday, May 26 at a Shell petrol station on Tubbs Hill, but has not been seen since. 

 

 

Ken Henson has been missing since May 25 from Sevenoaks

 

Ken Henson was seen on CCTV in the Shell petrol station on Tubbs Hill, Sevenoaks, on Friday, May 25

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Mr Henson is white, 5ft 7in tall with grey hair, bald on top, with a short beard.

The search is being coordinated by Kent Police and Kent Search and Rescue (KSAR)

Chief Inspector Tony Dyer said: "The search for Ken Henson continues and Kent Police remains concerned into his whereabouts.

!We have conducted numerous searches with assistance from partner agencies including Kent Search and Rescue and have sadly not found Ken but we remain committed to helping to reunite him with his family."

Anyone with any information can call Kent Police on 101 quoting crime reference 27-1536.

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