POLICE have renewed an appeal to find an Amesbury man who has been missing since 2012, when he was arrested for the possession of indecent images of children.

Andrew Simmonds, 57, went missing from his home on March 2, 2012, and despite local and regional media appeals at the time and a long-running police investigation, he has not been found.

He had been arrested in connection with the possession of online indecent images of children and failed to answer bail.

Superintendent Caroline Evely, head of the police’s public protection department, said: “Officers have been carrying out exhaustive inquiries to ascertain Simmonds’ last movements, both in the UK and aboard, and followed up leads that he may have gone to France, but this does not appear to be the case.

“We believe he has limited access to funds and are keeping an open mind regarding a range of potential scenarios. It is really important that we locate this man so we can speak to him regarding these allegations.

“His family have had no contact from him since March 2, 2012, and were not aware of the serious allegations against him. We recognise the distress that this case is causing them and thank them for their co-operation.”

Anyone with information is asked to contact Wiltshire Police on 01380 735735 where details will be dealt with in the strictest confidence, or Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.