Missing D-Day veteran pulls off escape to Normandy

A pensioner who went missing from a nursing home in East Sussex has been found safe and well – commemorating the D-Day landings in Normandy.

Police said staff at the Hove nursing home called them yesterday evening when the WWII veteran did not return after going for a walk.

Video: ‘Great escapee’ Bernard Jordan vows: I’ll do it again next year

Left: Bernard Jordan pictured at his care home in Hove. Right: Bernard Jordan 70 years ago.

It was not until a younger veteran called to say he met the pensioner on a coach to France and that he was safe at a hotel in Ouistreham.

It turned out the 89-year-old man had left the facility wearing a grey mack concealing a jacket underneath with his war medals attached.

Sussex Police said they have spoken to him and “are satisfied that the pensioner is fine”, adding: “Once the pensioner is home we will go and have a chat with him to check he is ok.”

Chief Superintendent Nev Kemp, Police Commander for the City of Brighton & Hove, also tweeted: “Love this:89yr old veteran reported missing by care home who said he can’t go to Normandy for #DDay70 remembrance. We’ve found him there!”

Sussex Police said they would not be naming the man or the nursing home.

 

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