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Missing musician family’s plea: ‘Come home for Christmas’

48-year-old hospital worker and punk band member was last seen in November

24 December, 2020 — By Tom Foot

Paul Hambleton, who is a guitarist in the band Anarchistwood and works at a Camden Town record store, was last seen more than a month ago in south London

FAMILY and friends of a missing punk musician who has not been seen for more than a month have made a desperate appeal for him to come home for Christmas.

Paul Hambleton, a guitarist in the band Anarchistwood, works at the independent All Ages Records store in Pratt Street, Camden Town.

The 48-year-old father, who lives in Marylebone with his family, also works at St Mary’s Hospital in Paddington.

He was last seen out in his blue NHS uniform in south London on November 14.

His mobile phone’s last signal was recorded between Marylebone and Marble Arch just before midnight on that day.

Nick Collins, owner of All Ages Records, told the New Journal: “He [Mr Hambleton] is such a gentle soul, very reliable and a real help. “He said he wanted to do work that would help and benefit humankind. He could see that I was in need of help and that the shop is of cultural importance to London.

“He was delivering ‘meals on wheels’ until the Tories stopped him. He loved [punk group] Tad just as much as I do.”

Mr Hambleton, who goes by the stage name “Candiflip Blackwood” in Anarchistwood, played with the band outside All Age Records at its 40th birthday party in 2017, and again in Pratt Street in August this year.

In a series of messages from his family released by the Met Police, his partner Emma said she felt like she had “lost a limb” following his disappearance, while his daughter Jessie said: “Father, if you see this, I only wish the best for you. Words can’t describe how worried I am.

She added: “I’m constantly thinking of you every day, I miss you so much. Please come home safe. To be able to hear your voice and feel your warm embrace and love are the only things I want. I love you, always.”

Mr Hambleton’s mother, who did not want to be named, said: “Paul, whatever the problems there are, they can be fixed. I beg you to please ring home, so we all know you are safe. We all love and miss you.”

And stepson Joel added: “What keeps me going is most of what you have taught me throughout the years. “We may have had ups and downs but we need you back, Mum needs you and your kids need you. So please come back.”

l Anyone with infor­mation is asked to call police on 101 quoting Cad 1558/ 16Nov20

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