Police appeal: Anyone know of David Palmer?

This is an unusual one that’s come down the wires today from West Mercia Police. It seems they’re trying to trace a man thought to live in the Brownhills area between 1973 and 1977. Can you help? Police are particularly keen to engage with the Methodist community, as David is thought to have been active within it.


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The press release says:

Police are appealing for help in tracing a man who worked at a Bromsgrove children’s home in the 1970s.

David Palmer was deputy head of The Grove children’s home in Stourbridge Road, Bromsgrove.

The home is believed to have been run by Birmingham City Council, although Mr Palmer is thought to have been employed by a children’s charity. He worked at the home between 1973 and 1977, and at the time would have been in his late 20s to early 30s, meaning he would now be in his late 60s to early 70s.

The home no longer exists.

It is thought Mr Palmer lived with his parents in the Brownhills area of Staffordshire, where he was a member of the local Methodist church.

Inspector Mark Roberts of West Mercia Police said: “We are trying to trace Mr Palmer as we believe he may be able to assist us in connection with an ongoing inquiry.

‘Very little information is known about him other than that he had links to the Brownhills area of the West Midlands and to a Methodist church in Brownhills.

‘Extensive inquiries have been carried out, but to date we have not been able to trace him.

‘In addition to trying to locate David Palmer, we are appealing for anyone who knew him either professionally or personally to contact PC Doug Turland who is based at Redditch Police Station on 0300 333 3000 quoting ref 22DR/91Y/77 or ring the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.”

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