Gosmore’s Bill Taylor had reported car arson before disappearance

William Taylor, who has been missing from Gosmore since June 3. Picture: Herts police

William Taylor, who has been missing from Gosmore since June 3. Picture: Herts police - Credit: Archant

A Gosmore man missing for more than a fortnight had told police his vehicle was deliberately set on fire, a week before he vanished.

William ‘Bill’ Taylor was last seen at home in Gosmore, near Hitchin, at about 9pm on Sunday, June 3. Police told the Comet today he had reported the alleged arson on May 26.

Bill’s 70th birthday was on June 11, eight days after he was last seen.

Police say a separate investigation into the alleged car arson is continuing alongside enquiries to locate Bill. It is not clear whether it is linked to his disappearance.

A spokeswoman for the Herts force said: “As part of any missing person’s investigation, we explore the person’s background and this would include any reports that they have made to the police.

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“Therefore, as per normal practice, the report of arson forms part of our enquiries.”

Det Insp Mike Keane last week said police were carrying out “extensive enquiries” to find Bill, and that his family were “incredibly worried”.

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Bill’s son Richard also issued a personal appeal to the public, saying: “If anyone out there knows anything about my dad’s whereabouts, please contact the police.

“This is an unbearable situation and I am worried sick about him. My family is in turmoil and we are desperate to get him home.”

Police said Bill had not been reported missing before and was last seen wearing a baby-blue shirt, jeans and black wellington boots. He could be wearing a navy-blue boiler suit.

Anyone with information should call police on 101, or get in touch at herts.police.uk/report.

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