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Find Robbie campaign launched for Ulster man Robert Gibson who has gone missing in London

Mr Gibson was reportedly spotted travelling to the Isle of Wight but may be in south London

A Northern Ireland man who has gone missing in London nine days ago was reportedly spotted travelling from London to the Isle of Wight.

Robert Gibson (45), known as Robbie, was last seen by his loved ones on Monday June 13 leaving his home in the Gipsy Hill area of south east London to go for a walk.

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The Metropolitan Police said they have received a report of a sighting of Robbie travelling to the Isle of Wight on the day he disappeared.

Robbie was reportedly seen catching the 6.45pm WightLink Portsmouth to Ryde catamaran, before boarding a train at Ryde Pier south towards Lake and Shanklin on the south-east coast of the island.

He has become well known in his adopted city for his campaigns to save library service in Upper Norwood and Lambeth which under threat due to funding cuts.

His friends have launched a campaign to find him posting thousands of leaflets across London and started a Twitter hashtag #FindRobbie.

A friend of Robbie, Joe Duggan, who is helping to co-ordinate the community search efforts said they are growing increasingly concerned about his disappearence.

"Robbie's family, his friends, and the wider Crystal Palace community that value the great work Robbie has done as a library campaigner, would just love to know that he is safe and well," he said.

"We are getting increasingly concerned."

The only other positive sighting of Robbie was at the Co-operative store on Central Hill, Gipsy Hill, South London just prior to going missing, which was captured on the stores CCTV camera, eight days ago.

It is possible that Robbie has now returned to the local South London area, or travelled elsewhere in the country, and the public are encouraged to keep looking for this much loved local campaigner.

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