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Brit Who Vanished From West Yorkshire A Year Ago Found 2,000 Miles Away In Lapland

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Brit Who Vanished From West Yorkshire A Year Ago Found 2,000 Miles Away In Lapland

A missing man who disappeared from West Yorkshire in May last year is believed to have been found in Lapland - 2,175 miles away.

Nial Atkin's family have been desperately trying to find him since he vanished from Huddersfield and now a Swedish man believes he has found him in Kiruna.

Credit: West Midlands Police
Credit: West Midlands Police

Jerry Ahlqvist had been trying to find out more information about the man - who he found disorientated and confused in the street - and decided to share a Facebook appeal.

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Mr Ahlqvist explained how he had offered the rough sleeper a bed and a shower after being concerned about him. Following the post on social media, he has now spoken to Nial's mother.

On Facebook, he wrote: "So yesterday I found a homeless person that was acting a bit strange, he seemed confused and was just walking back and forth.

"I brought him home and cleaned him, gave him some food and new clothes, and a clean bed to sleep in."

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After explaining his troubles trying to communicate with the homeless man, Mr Ahlqvist wrote: "He Said he is 26 years old and that he used to work in IT, somewhere around Leeds (UK).

"He also said he was born [sic] and raised in that region (sort of) so somewhere in the middle of the country I guess.

"I cant help the feeling that his family is concerned about his whereabouts and maybe looking for him, also he is very [sic] confused and he is not capable of taking care of himself."

Before concluding: "Anyway he is currently in a small torn Calle Kiruna way up north in Sweden. I think he needs some help but I don't know what to do? Help me help him? Share and try finding his family?"

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Facebook users were quick to link the man to a plea issued by Police Scotland last year which asked people to find missing Nial Atkin who was, at the time, 25.

Credit: Facebook
Credit: Facebook

The post from Mr Ahlqvist was then updated with a message that reads: "HIS FAMILY IN THE UK HAVE BEEN CONTACTED AND WE ARE IN DAILY CONTACT. BUT THE WORK HERE IS NOT DONE YET, WE NEED ALOT OF HELP AN RESOURCES TO ARRANGE FOR PROPER TREATMENT AND SAFE TRANSPORT FROM SWEDEN TO THE UK."

Not stopping there, Mr Ahlqvist has now set up a GoFundMe page so that Nial can get the care he needs when he does return to the UK.

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You can find out more about the fundraiser here.

Featured Image Credit: Facebook

Topics: UK News, News, UK

Rebecca Shepherd
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