Gaynor Lord: CCTV shows last-known movements of missing woman

  • By Andy Trigg and Neve Gordon-Farleigh
  • BBC News, Norfolk

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CCTV of missing Norfolk mum released by police

Police have released CCTV footage of the last known movements of a woman who has been missing since Friday.

Mum-of-three Gaynor Lord, 55, was reported missing in Norwich after failing to return home from work.

Specialist divers joined the search in the River Wensum after police said it was likely she had “entered the water”.

The footage shows Ms Lord hurrying through the city centre, hours before her belongings – including clothing, jewellery, her phone and glasses – were found scattered in Wensum Park.

She had been working as a retail assistant at Jarrolds department store and was due to finish at 16:00 GMT on Friday.

But CCTV shows her leave at about 14:45, before rushing along London Street, carrying her coat and handbag, and then hurriedly crossing Queen Street and heading to Norwich Cathedral.

The last images show her walking along St Crispins Road towards Pitt Street before going up St Augustines Street at 16:01.

Image source, Norfolk Constabulary

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Store cameras from Gaynor Lord’s place of work filmed her on the day she disappeared

Norwich’s policing commander Supt Wes Hornigold said detectives had been “linking in” with Lancashire Constabulary to understand “any of the lessons learned” from Nicola Bulley’s disappearance.

Ms Bulley, 45, disappeared in January after dropping her two daughters at school in St Michael’s on Wyre in Lancashire.

Supt Hornigold told LBC: “[We] have been linking in with Lancashire Constabulary to understand any of the lessons learned from that inquiry.

“We’re cognisant of the recent College of Policing report into the Lancashire inquiry, so we’re leaving no stone unturned and making sure we’re doing everything within our power to find Gaynor as quickly as possible.”

He also told the BBC there was no evidence yet that Ms Lord had come to harm.

“All of the work we’ve been doing over the last few days has given us no concern in terms of any third-party involvement,” he added.

Image source, Shaun Whitmore/BBC

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Wensum Park is about a mile (1.6 km) north of Norwich city centre

Wensum Park has been closed to the public since Saturday.

“It’s really upsetting… I’m just thinking of her friends and family, because she is a sort of similar age to my mum and that would be awful to be going through what they are going through right now,” she said.

Image source, Family handout

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Police say specialist officers are working with Ms Lord’s family

Timeline of events from Friday 8 December

  • Friday 14:45 Gaynor Lord is seen on London Street in Norwich city centre, heading towards the cathedral
  • Friday at about 16:00 An eyewitness says they saw a woman matching the description of Ms Lord in Wensum Park
  • Friday evening Ms Lord is reported missing after failing to return home from work. Her belongings, including clothing and jewellery, were found by a member of the public in Wensum Park
  • Sunday Police announce Wensum Park is closed after more belongings, including jewellery, are found
  • Monday Specialist search teams use a drone and sonar equipment to scour the area but nothing is found
  • Tuesday Police turn their attention to underwater searches
  • Wednesday Police release CCTV footage of Ms Lord who was last seen walking up St Augustines Street

Image source, Shaun Whitmore/BBC

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A specialist dive team arrived at Wensum Park on Wednesday morning

Ms Lord is described as white, 5ft 6in (1.67m) tall and with blonde, shoulder-length hair in a bob.

She was last seen wearing a white shirt, yellow tank top, large olive-coloured coat and a scarf, police said.

“We haven’t been able to establish why she left early and her disappearance is out of character so we are naturally concerned for her welfare,” Supt Hornigold said.

Police said Ms Lord’s family was being supported by specialist officers.


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