Anne Collinson: Police appeal for British woman missing in Australia

Anne Collinson has made no contact with friends or family in the UK since leaving her home in Repton more than a month ago

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Police have issued an appeal for a British woman who has gone missing while travelling in Australia.

Anne Collinson, 62, has made no contact with friends or family in the UK since leaving her home in Repton, Derbyshire, more than a month ago.

Ms Collinson is thought to have caught a plane to Australia and is believed to be in the Alice Springs area. 

She is described as white, of slim build, with blonde shouder length, wavy hair and wearing glasses.

Ms Collinson asked her neighbour, Zoe Storey, to look after her cat.

She told the Derby Telegraph: "Anne told me she was going down south for a few days on February 8. I assumed it was because it was half term as she works as a cleaner at Repton School.

"She put a note through my door and I got the cat's feeding instructions which Anne had left inside the house.

"The following day one of her work colleagues came to the house to say she had not been to work and wondered if she was OK. I told them she had gone away for a holiday for a few days but they said she had no holiday booked.

"On the Friday I went to a school play in the village with my children, and I told one of the other parents I was worried about Anne and as he is a policeman he told me to report it which I did."

PC Tony Wilson, missing persons officer in Derby said: “This is very out of character for Miss Collinson. Her workplace were not aware of her going away and prior to her departure she has told her neighbours that she would be back within a week.

“If anyone is on holiday in the Alice Springs area of Australia or knows anyone that lives there I would urge them to look at the picture of Miss Collinson and if she is sighted to contact Derbyshire police on +441773 730215 or the Australilan Northern Territory Police on 131 444.

“Facebook is always a very powerful medium when searching for missing people. I would ask anyone that has friends or family in Australia to share the appeal.”