Published: Mon, September 18, 2017
Sport | By Billy Aguilar

Ex-footballer Clarke Carlisle 'missing' from Manchester

Ex-footballer Clarke Carlisle 'missing' from Manchester

Missing Clarke's last known whereabouts was Manchester City Centre at 6am.

The 37-year-old, who played more than 130 times for the Clarets, was previously last seen by a family member on the Flag Market in Preston at 2.30pm yesterday.

Carlisle's family are anxious about his welfare and have asked anyone with information to get in touch.

Fears were growing for former Preston North End, Blackpool and Burnley footballer, Clarke Carlisle, who was reported to be missing in Manchester on Friday.

Carlisle spent six weeks in a psychiatric ward after being hit by a lorry in 2014 and shortly after he discussed his mental health issues publicly.

The force believes he may have travelled to Manchester. Since then, he has spoken about his own battles with mental health issues in a bid to raise awareness.

Lancashire Police had said they were "extremely concerned" about Carlisle, who has openly discussed his mental health problems in the past. He later admitted that he had stepped in front of the vehicle because he "wanted to die".

The father-of-three was last seen wearing a black zip-up jacket, black T-shirt, blue jeans and Nike trainers. He is 6ft 4ins, of slim build and has tattoos on his arms.

In 2015, he launched a mental health charity called the Clarke Carlisle Foundation for Dual Diagnosis.

After years of working with counsellors and psychiatrists, the former defender said that there were still "bad days" in an interview earlier this summer. "Stay safe Clarke x".

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