PRESS RELEASE 16/6/16 11 AM

Missing : Much Loved Library Campaigner

    •    Robert “Robbie” Gibson, a much loved local community activist has been missing from his home in Crystal Palace since Monday and friends and family are becoming concerned about his whereabouts.

    •    There has been a massive community response in Crystal Palace with thousands of fliers being distributed at train stations by his friends and neighbours, and there has been 1000s of shares and retweets on Facebook and Twitter . A local church and pub have become hubs for the volunteer effort

    •    He 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.

    •    He was also very active in local community activity, helping set-up the “Sensible Garden” in South Norwood in 2014, named after local punk star “Captain Sensible” who came along to open the garden (see photo). The Garden won a Croydon Champions Award in 2015.

    •    Robbie was last seen at approximately 3pm on Monday, 13 June leaving his home in Gipsy Hill, SE19 to go for a walk. He may have been in East Croydon around 3.30pm on the same day.
 
    •    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.

    •    Robbie’s family and friends are becoming increasingly worried about his well-being, as this disappearance is very out of character, and would like to know that he is safe:
         Contact Lambeth Police on 07876 131 748
         or Missing People on Freefone: 116 000  Text: 116 000
         Email:[email protected].

    •    Press: Contact Joe Duggan on 07800971794, [email protected]
    •    Facebook Group For Campaign: https://www.facebook.com/groups/CrystalPalaceTransitionTown/

Coverage to date:

Evening Standard
http://www.standard.co.uk/news/london/concern-for-gipsy-hill-man-robert-gibson-missing-for-two-days-after-going-for-dulwich-park-walk-a3272796.html

Croydon Advertiser
http://www.croydonadvertiser.co.uk/Police-release-CCTV-picture-missing-Upper-Norwood/story-29400160-detail/story.html

Local Guardian
http://www.yourlocalguardian.co.uk/news/local/14555289.Concern_for_missing_Upper_Norwood_library_campaigner/

The Sensible Garden
http://www.thisislocallondon.co.uk/news/13883171.Croydon_Champions_2015__South_Norwood_s_sensible_community_gardeners_hoping_to_dig_up_award/?ref=mr&lp=16

Photo info:
1. Punk Legend Captain Sensible unveils the Sensible Bench in the Sensible Garden with Robbie Gibson

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2.  Robbie Gibson (left) campaigns for Upper Norwood Library (Crystal Palace)

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3. Steve Reed Local MP and Shadow Minister For Communities and Local Government talks to Robbie about the future of Upper Norwood Library

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4. Robbie (right) celebrates the opening of the Sensible Garden with Punk Legend Captain Sensible

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5. Robbie sleeping on the floor of Carnegie Library during the occupation by protesters in April 2016

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6. Close-up of Robert “Robbie” Gibson

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