Former footballer Clarke Carlisle found safe, police confirm
Former footballer Clarke Carlisle has been found safe in Liverpool, police have confirmed.
Preston Police, who launched an appeal to help find Carlisle, who was last seen in Manchester city centre, tweeted the news after a day of appealing for information on social media.
The 37-year-old, who made more than 500 appearances for nine clubs during his playing career, including Burnley, was last seen at 6am today.
A tweet posted by his wife Carrie, who is pregnant with the couple's first child, said: "#Missing Clarke's last known whereabouts was Manchester City Centre at 6am. If you see him please get in touch."
Carlisle hit the headlines when he became the first footballer to appear on Question Time and was dubbed 'Britain's brainiest footballer'.
He had been seen on the Flag Market in Preston at about 2.30pm on Thursday.
Carlisle, a former chairman of the Professional Footballers' Association (PFA), has a history of mental illness and in 2014 he tried to kill himself when he stepped in front of 12-ton truck but survived despite suffering horrific injuries.
Following the incident his relationship with wife Gemma broke down and a witness of the collision, Chris Kilbride, died just over six months later.
At the time of the incident Mr Kilbride was driving a van along the busy A64 in Yorkshire and swerved to avoid the lorry and phoned 999.
Carlisle appeared to be on the road to recovery last year when he wrote an online statement which read: "Two years ago today, I jumped in front of a truck. One year today, I was back in psychiatric hospital. Today, Iâm away with the love of my life."
Appealing for information this morning, Detective Chief Inspector Steve Holgate said: "We are extremely concerned about Clarke and we would urge anyone who sees him or knows where he is to get in touch with us.
"We would also appeal directly to Clarke himself to contact us if he sees this appeal to let us know he is safe."Source: Google News