Psychic helps in hunt for missing man

A PSYCHIC is helping with the hunt for a top Suffolk sportsman who went missing from his home in France five months ago, The Evening Star can reveal today.

A PSYCHIC is helping with the hunt for a top Suffolk sportsman who went missing from his home in France five months ago, The Evening Star can reveal today.

Christopher Lipscombe, a 59-year-old former county champion at tennis and squash, disappeared from his home in a mountainous village near the town of Carcassonne, in the south of France, on December 11.

Despite an ongoing police investigation, as well as several visits to France by Mr Lipscombe's family, there is still no idea why or how he went missing.

It has now emerged that a member of the family has been in contact with a psychic.

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Mr Lipscombe's sister, Judy Hamshere, told the Star that information from the psychic has not been followed up but said doing so has not been ruled out.

She said: “Every possibility is being looked into because each family member has different beliefs.

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“Nothing has been done about following it up (the information) and I haven't actually seen a report so I can't comment.

“I'm not saying they won't be followed up in the future.

“All the information is being put together. Anything that is a possibility will be followed up even if you don't necessarily agree with it.”

Mrs Hamshere said the five months since her brother went missing have been an ordeal for both her and her family.

She said: “It is unsettling and you feel you are without closure.

“Your mind keeps on wandering from one thing to another and not really understanding it.

“It is something you don't get trained for.

“I have no idea what has happened to him.

“I'm pretty sure he wouldn't wander off if he had all his mind there.

“Either something has happened to him or he has lost his memory.”

Anyone who thinks they may have information about Mr Lipscombe's whereabouts is asked to contact Suffolk police on 01473 613500.

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A mystery disappearance:

Fears were triggered about Mr Lipscombe's whereabouts when he did not show up to take a friend to Carcassonne Airport on December 11.

Police immediately arranged search parties to scour the mountainous area around his home.

Tracker dogs and a helicopter were called in and Mr Lipscombe's house was sealed off for forensic examinations.

Police divers searched the nearby lake but found nothing.

The investigation team has described the situation as a “worrying disappearance”.

Mr Lipscombe, who has been living alone in France since retiring two years ago, has two grown-up children with his ex-wife.

Born in Felixstowe he has spent much of his life in Ipswich and worked for a period as a policeman in Lowestoft.

He is former a county squash and tennis champion, a top golfer and was ranked the number one table tennis player in Suffolk at under-18 level.

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