Liverpool fan, 66, FOUND in Paris after ‘he spent the night walking round trying to find his hotel’ following drinking session that saw him vanish at 1.40am – as his family thank those that helped share Twitter post to locate him
A Liverpool fan who had gone missing overnight after getting out of a taxi as he headed towards his hotel has been found.
James Hargreaves, 66, known as Jimmy had been drinking in a bar with his son, also James and others before they headed back just before 2am. His son states they lost him at ‘around 1.40am’.
They had been at the Kop Bar before moving on to the Lush Bar on Rue des Dames.
Posting on Twitter James said his dad does not have a mobile phone and has ‘no idea where we are staying.’
James Hargreaves, 66, known as Jimmy, has been missing since the early hours of Friday
Hargreaves’ son confirmed he had been located and was set to meet up with him once again on Friday afternoon
He added; ‘He’s jumped out of a cab 10min from hotel and disappeared.’ The 31-year-old said he has spoken to police in Paris and checked nearby bars.
He wrote: ‘Any reds out and about in Paris, my dad has vanished. We’re staying at Novotol Montreuil Vincennes, can’t find him. Any help. Message us cheers.’
However, a post on Friday afternoon showed Hargreaves with a fellow fan. His son confirmed on his Twitter that his dad was on his way back to the Kop bar to be reunited with his family.
‘Thanks so much to every single one of you who shared this and messaged me,’ he wrote.
‘The support has been out of this world. He spent the night walking round trying to find the hotel. A group have found him and he’s en route The Kop bar.’
A Red Army of Liverpool football fans began to arrive in Paris on Thursday as 6,000 French police prepared to welcome them for the Champions League Final.
A massive security operation swung into operation on Friday, in time for kick off against Spanish Champions Real Madrid on Saturday night.
Liverpool fans have been in Paris since Thursday soaking up the atmosphere in the capital
‘We expect upwards of 60,000 Liverpool fans alone to come, and about two-thirds will be without tickets,’ said a local police spokesman.
‘There will be less from Madrid, but both sets of supporters will be encouraged to use fan zones and to respect others enjoying the city this weekend’.
The police confirmed that 6,000 police and gendarmes would be on the streets of the French capital over the weekend.