Arsenal fans asked for help in finding missing season ticket holder Helen Bailey from Royston who once told Gunners boss Arsene Wenger to buy more players
PUBLISHED: 15:35 29 April 2016 | UPDATED: 15:40 29 April 2016
Police have made an appeal to Arsenal fans for information about missing Gunners season ticket holder and Royston author Helen Bailey.
The 51-year-old disappeared from the home she shares with partner Ian Stewart on Monday, April 11 with her miniature dachshund Boris – and despite specialist searches officers are increasingly concerned for her welfare.
Helen – who met Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger in February 2012 at a Q&A held at the North London club’s home at The Emirates stadium – was part of a number of fans who implored the long-serving under-fire Frenchman him to buy new players.
She wrote on social media at the time: “Arsene Wenger was very open about the financial constraints at the club and the problem with motivating young players.
“Fans were asking: ‘Please Mr Wenger please buy some new players. Pretty please.’”
A friend, and fellow Arsenal fan Karen Cotter replied to Helen: “Delighted to have enjoyed the evening with true a Arsenal supporter.”
A police spokesman said: “We are hoping Arsenal fans may be able to help in our ongoing investigations to help find Helen ahead of their home game with Norwich City in the Premier League tomorrow afternoon.”
Helen suffered tragedy a year before she met Wenger when she was widowed after her husband John Sinfield drowned during a holiday in Barbados.
The successful author wrote on her blog Planet Grief – a site she started to offered comfort, hope and help to others who have suffered bereavements: “My husband got off his sun lounger, adjusted his glasses and headed into the sea for a swim. Moments later I heard him call for help, and watched helplessly from the beach as he was pulled out to sea by a rip tide. He drowned.
“Bizarrely, after he died, almost the first thing I said was: ‘But I’m wearing a bikini – as if bad things can’t happen when you’re wearing a bikini.
“But they can, and it did. At the age of 46 I crash landed on Planet Grief.”
Her friend Laraine Mason told the Crow: “Her disappearance is completely out of character.
“She is a lovely person who would drop anything to help you.”
If you have any information about Helen call 101 or the Missing People Charity on 116 000, or use the hashtag #whereishelenbailey and follow the twitter account @Where_is_Helen.