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Fundraiser launched to help find man who went missing in Lancaster almost 11 months ago

A poster of missing Daniel Hives near the Millennium Bridge on his birthday earlier this year

An online fundraiser has been launched to help find a man who went missing in Lancaster in December 2022.

Friends and family of Daniel Hives are trying to raise money for an underwater search and rescue team who have been looking for the dad-of-one.

Daniel was last seen on the night of December 10 2022 leaving an address in City View, Sidings Close, Lancaster, which is close to the River Lune.

Mr Hives, who who has links to Preston, is described as 6ft tall, of slim build, with short brown hair. When he was last seen, he was wearing a blue Hugo Boss tracksuit and black trainers.

Dan is originally from Coventry, then moved to Preston about eight years ago, and was staying in Lancaster at the time of his disappearance.

His brother Robbie (pictured below, photo by Josh Brandwood) and friends have held a number of gatherings on the Millennium Bridge this year to raise awareness of Daniel's disappearance, including on his 29th birthday in March.

Read more: Family and friends of missing Daniel Hives mark his 29th birthday in Lancaster - Beyond Radio

"We're not going to stop searching" says brother of man who went missing from Lancaster - Beyond Radio

The fundraising page, set up by Robbie, says: "Hey everyone, we’re fundraising for our boy Dan as the system have failed him massively.

"Daniel is a loved brother, friend and most of all, Daniel is a dad to a beautiful little lad who doesn’t deserve to be told his dad's been given up on. Doesn’t deserve to grow up angry at the world.

"We’re doing everything we can to make sure this search continues and we keep his name alive.

"We need answers and we’re in desperate need for everyone’s help whether it’s a pound or a share it’s greatly appreciated. All money will be going to our under water search team really close to home, Beneath the Surface, and then for resources to carry on our search.

"We love you Dan. We’re sorry it’s come to this. We wish we were with you that night. We won’t stop. We can’t stop."

The fundraising page can be found here. 

The Chorley-based Beneath the Surface underwater diving team, who help families search for missing loved ones using sonar technology and scuba diving skills, have searched the Lune for Daniel on more than one occasion this year.

Friends of Daniel have also said they hope his story will be covered again by Channel 5 over the next few months, after their programme 'Vanished' featured him earlier this year.

A reconstruction of the night Mr Hives went missing will also take place, involving his brother Robbie, which could "jog someone’s memory".

A fundraising event will be held on December 9 to mark a year since Daniel disappeared. Times and venue to be confirmed.

Extensive searches have taken place since Daniel’s disappearance.

Since he went missing, Lancashire Police’s search teams which includes dogs and drones, the police’s North West Underwater Search and Marine Unit, specialist water rescue personnel and dogs from Lancashire Fire and Rescue Service, together with Lancaster Area Search and Rescue and the National Police Air Service, have all searched for him.

Anyone with information about Daniel and where he might be, please contact police on 101 – quoting log 0250 of December 12.

We have contacted Lancashire Police for comment.

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