Multi-agency operation launched to search for missing Cliftonville man

Police are concerned for Steven's welfare

Kent Police, lifeboats and the Coastguard helicopter were launched today (March 5) in the search for a missing Cliftonville man.

Steven McKay, 35, is last known to have been in the Norfolk Road area at around 7am today.

He is described as being white, 5ft 7ins tall, of medium build, with brown hair and speaks with a Scottish accent. When he went missing, Steven was wearing a black hooded top, tracksuit bottoms and dark trainers.

Sergeant Mark Sankey, from the Thanet Local Policing Team, said: “Our officers have completed numerous enquiries in the area to try to find Steven and we are becoming increasingly concerned for his welfare.

“I would urge anybody that sees him or knows where he may be to call the appeal line immediately.”

Ramsgate and Margate’s inshore lifeboats as well as Coastguard helicopters were  tasked at 10.25am to help with the search for Steven who was suspected to be in the water between Ramsgate Main Sands and Botany Bay.

Photo Mark Stanford

Townsend Montessori Port Regis nursery in Convent Road, Broadstairs, locked the doors while police carried out their search in the area but this was not under police instruction.

Parents received an email just before 1.30pm to say the ‘lockdown’ had been lifted.

Anybody with information that may help should call Kent Police on 101 quoting reference 5-0323.

You can also call the independent charity Crimestoppers in Kent anonymously on 0800 555111.