Police appeal against missing British Black Panthers photographer Neil Kenlock | London


Police have launched a missing persons appeal following the disappearance on Saturday of the official photographer of the British Black Panthers movement, Neil Kenlock.

The 70-year-old, who co-founded Choice FM radio station in the early 1990s, was last seen at Waterloo Station in London on 6 November at 6 p.m.

It is understood that Kenlock is also sometimes called Emile and is known to be hard of hearing.

In a call shared on Twitter on Sunday evening, Lambeth Borough Police said: “Please help the police find #missing 70-year-old Neil. Neil is also called Emile. He has been last seen at Waterloo station at 6 pm on November 6. He is wearing this hat as seen in his picture If you see Neil please call 999, quote 21MIS034674.

A separate call for information was shared on the photographer’s personal Instagram account earlier on Sunday.

The @neilkenlockphotographer account shared a photo of Kenlock wearing a distinctive hat, dark jacket and light blue mask, along with the caption: “Have you seen Neil? He has not returned home and his family have not seen him since last night at Waterloo Station in the London area.

“Please share and watch over him. He can’t hear very well either. Send us a message if you know where he is. Thank you all.”

Kenlock was born in Port Antonio, Jamaica, where he lived with his grandmother until 1963 when he made his trip to England 14 years after his parents.

He became involved with the British Black Panther movement – activists who fought for racial equality in the UK – in the late 1960s and 1970s, before becoming the group’s official photographer.

His work with the movement has led him to document anti-racist protests and protests, building up an archive of thousands of photographs illustrating the ongoing struggle for equality.

Choice FM, now Capital Xtra, was the first UK radio station to broadcast black music around the clock.


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