ONE WEEK ON, MUCH-LOVED LIBRARY CAMPAIGNER STILL MISSING
Crystal Palace community activist Robert “Robbie” Gibson is still missing, a week after leaving his home to go for a walk.
Family and friends are now very anxious about his health, well-being and safety. The police (Lambeth Missing People Unit) say they are “growing increasingly concerned.”
Across the past week the Crystal Palace community have lead a high profile awareness campaign, including four organised searches across the weekend, covering parks in and around Crystal Palace, as well as City transport hubs. Local stations have also flyered by many of Robbie’s wide network of friends.
With a suspected last known presence at East Croydon on the afternoon of Monday 13 June, friends have been doing their best to disperse flyers and posters throughout South London with networks also contacted in Brighton; Cambridge where Robbie went to University; and Northern Ireland, where he is from. Favourite holiday locations on the South coast have also been targeted, as police and his friends widen their search.
Close family friend Joe Duggan, helping co-ordinate the campaign to find Robbie says: “This is very out of character of Robbie to go missing, and as time goes on everyone’s concern grows. “Robert’s wife and son are becoming increasingly worried.”
On Facebook the group Crystal Palace Transition Town (see link below) have acted as a focus for sharing news, and missing poster distribution. Twitter has been particularly effective in getting more people to keep an eye out for Robbie, with celebrity tweets from Boy George, Captain Sensible, Sara Cox, Zoe Ball, EastEnders’s Jo Joyner, Jimmy Bullard, TOWIE”s Kirk Norcross, X Factor’s Sam Bailey, Theo Paphitis, Jamie East, and Bake off winner Nadiya Hussain, with many using #FindRobbie.
Robbie was a leading light in the much-publicised Carnegie Library Occupation during April 2016, and has been a passionate and outspoken campaigner to save Upper Norwood Library since it came under threat of closure.
In 2014 Robbie helped set-up the “Sensible Garden” in South Norwood, named after local punk star “Captain Sensible” who came along to open the garden. The Garden won a Croydon Champions Award in 2015. This is one of many local community activities he has been involved with.
Robbie is around 6ft tall, slim frame, with a distinctive Northern Irish accent. He wears black-rimmed Prada glasses and was last seen wearing a grey t-shirt and a green Barbour coat.
– Lambeth Police on 07876 131 748 (c/o Tony Virgil)
– Missing People on Freefone: 116 000 Text: 116 000 Email:[email protected]
– Facebook Group For Campaign: https://www.facebook.com/groups/CrystalPalaceTransitionTown/
Donations to help fund-raising to find Robbie at Norwood Society’s local history talk on Thursday totalled £95. The donations are usually made for half-time tea and biscuits.
Robbie’s disappearance featured in Metro yesterday (Monday, page 22) as police made a renewed appeal for information. Since News From Crystal Palace published news of Robbie’s disappearance last Friday the item on this website has had almost 500 ‘hits’.