Hackbridge family's missing Romanian father found after three days lost in London

Sutton Guardian: Vasile Belea went missing after he failed to join his son on a tube carriage Vasile Belea went missing after he failed to join his son on a tube carriage

A Romanian tourist who went missing for three days during his family visit to Sutton has been found.

Police said 63-year-old Vasile Belea was found in Southall, west London, on Friday evening and has been united with his family in Hackbridge, Sutton.

Mr Belea, on holiday from Romania, went missing on Tuesday evening after travelling to central London with his son.

He was last seen at Stockwell station after he and his son were separated when Mr Belea failed to get on a Victoria Line carriage.

He was unable to contact his family because he speaks very little English and had an iPhone without a SIM card.

He eventually handed himself in to Acton police station after spending three days wandering the streets and staying in bus shelters.

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12:19pm Sun 19 Jan 14

Michael Pantlin says...

Being disorientated in Southall must have been a scary experience for thee unfortunate gentleman like being lost in a foreign country. Glad he made it safely back to Hackbridge to enjoy the rest of his holiday.
Being disorientated in Southall must have been a scary experience for thee unfortunate gentleman like being lost in a foreign country. Glad he made it safely back to Hackbridge to enjoy the rest of his holiday. Michael Pantlin
  • Score: 2

1:15pm Sun 19 Jan 14

D Hoole says...

Apparently he approached police twice on the street and they couldn't help him. Great. As this is traditionally part of their role, perhaps they could be equipped with some cards which say 'Do you speak ?' in lots of languages - then if necessary the police could contact the interpreter services they already use sometimes. This isn't rocket science, and London might be the most linguistically diverse city in the world.
Glad the police helped him eventually!
Apparently he approached police twice on the street and they couldn't help him. Great. As this is traditionally part of their role, perhaps they could be equipped with some cards which say 'Do you speak [name of language]?' in lots of languages - then if necessary the police could contact the interpreter services they already use sometimes. This isn't rocket science, and London might be the most linguistically diverse city in the world. Glad the police helped him eventually! D Hoole
  • Score: 6

2:12pm Sun 19 Jan 14

CPN says...

Not only that, D Hoole, but there has been enough publicity about this gentleman, including his photo. Surely the police should have been aware of this gentleman being missing. And yes, surely the police have a format to be followed if they are approached by someone who does not speak English but clearly needs help. Did they try to find out his language? If not why not and if so - there must be enough Romanians around to help out (including the Romanian embassy)
Not only that, D Hoole, but there has been enough publicity about this gentleman, including his photo. Surely the police should have been aware of this gentleman being missing. And yes, surely the police have a format to be followed if they are approached by someone who does not speak English but clearly needs help. Did they try to find out his language? If not why not and if so - there must be enough Romanians around to help out (including the Romanian embassy) CPN
  • Score: 5

2:43pm Sun 19 Jan 14

D Hoole says...

Quite so. I have emailed my suggestion to the Met via their website.
Quite so. I have emailed my suggestion to the Met via their website. D Hoole
  • Score: 3

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