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Hair to help Missing persons charity team up with Grafton Barbers chain to raise awareness

The public hear of about 300 missing persons annually but it is thought there are far more undocumented cases.

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Man having a haircut. Stock picture

Man having a haircut. Stock picture

Man having a haircut. Stock picture

A missing persons charity is teaming up with a barber chain to highlight ongoing and unsolved missing person cases.

The Missing Persons Helpline Ireland is partnering with Grafton Barbers by placing information screens in all of their branches, located in waiting areas and street-facing monitors for passers-by.

According to the helpline, which was set up in 2003, the public hear of about 300 missing persons annually but it is thought there are far more undocumented cases.

The service collects figures on the number of missing person cases made public through Garda appeals.

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National Missing Persons Helpline details

National Missing Persons Helpline details

National Missing Persons Helpline details

The Garda Missing Persons Bureau, annually logs missing persons reports of between 8,000 and 9,500.

The National Missing Persons Helpline provides an information and support service for families and friends of Missing Persons. In addition to operating a telephone helpline from 8.00am to 10pm 365 days a year, they also highlight current and long term missing individuals on their Facebook and web pages.

The new initiative will involve Grafton Barbers stores located throughout Ireland including counties, Dublin, Cork, Galway, Limerick, Kilkenny, Wicklow, Wexford, Louth, Meath, Kildare and in the UK.

Mullingar man, Dermot Browne who is Helpline chairman who established the charity following a tragic family event said: “We have recently concluded a partnership with Grafton Barbers which provides us with a new means of informing the public in the hope that it will jog someone’s memory or conscience and encourage them to come forward with information.

“Grafton Barbers have information screens in all of their branches, they are located in the waiting area and also street facing for passers by. We have been provided with the facility to display images and details of four missing persons which will change at monthly intervals.”

The first group of four missing person images is currently in place on nationwide screens and will change in early June.

Mr Browne added: “We will only show images which have been approved. While we have contact details for families who have used our service over the years, it is only a small percentage of the total long term cases.

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“This is the first such partnership that we are aware of and its success will depend on us having sufficient families on board to meet the requirement of four per month.

"We sincerely hope that (families and friends) will join us in this initiative by agreeing to have details of your missing loved one included in future postings.

“I can confirm that details including photographs, will be shown for a period of one month. Should (anyone) have a change of mind, details (can be taken) down at short notice.”

For further information or to confirm participation, contact the Helpline on 1890 442 552 or by email at .

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