Police make urgent appeal to find Wigan man who went missing over a week ago

Officers are "concerned for the welfare" of Jonathan Ainscow.

Emily Sergeant Emily Sergeant - 10th April 2023

Police in Wigan have made an urgent public appeal to help find a man who went missing over a week ago and hasn’t been seen since.

Officers are now said to be “concerned for the welfare” of Jonathan Ainscow.

The 46-year-old from the Standish area of Wigan, who is described as living an “isolated lifestyle”, was last seen by his family on Friday 31 March 2023, and investigating officers believe he may be riding his mountain bike.

As well as living an “isolated lifestyle”, Jonathan’s family say he is known to enjoy to cycling for large distances and wild camping.

Greater Manchester Police (GMP) has been “actively trying to locate” Jonathan since he was reported missing by his family, but as there having been so sightings since, officers say they now need to appeal to the public for help.


Jonathan is not believed to not be in possession of a mobile phone or any means of obtaining money, according to GMP.

He is a white man of slim build, with short shaved hair with facial hair, and GMP says he was last seen wearing a black jacket, black combat pants, black bobble hat, and is believed to be in possession of a black ‘Specialised’ mountain bike.


“We have been actively trying to locate Jonathan since he was reported missing, but now need to appeal to the public,” explained Detective Inspector Chris Broad, of GMP’s Wigan district.

“Jonathan has no identifiable links to specific people or places other than he likes to frequent areas in Lancashire, including the Ribble Valley, Trough of Bowland and Pendle Hill, and Pembrokeshire.

“We are keen to hear from anyone who may have seen Jonathan or had contact from him, both in Greater Manchester and further afield.”


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Anyone with any information on Jonathan’s whereabouts should contact Greater Manchester Police on 0161 856 7032 quoting log 3069-01/04/2023, or report it online or by using the LiveChat function at

You can also call 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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