Police search underway for Manic Street Preachers guitarist Richey James...
Richey James, the Manic Street Preachers' guitarist, has gone missing. A police search has already begun. The South Wales Police have released the following statement:
"Police are anxious to trace Richard James Edwards, aged 28 years, a member of the Pep group Manic Street Preachers, who has been missing from the London area since Wednesday, February 1, 1995, when he was seen leaving the London Embassy Hotel at 7am. It is known that on the same day he visited his home in the Cardiff area, and he is still believed to be in possession of his sliver Vauxhall Cavalier motor car (Registration No: L519 HKX)."
Richard's family, band members and friends are concerned for his safety and welfare. and stress that no pressure would be put on him to return if he does not wish to do so. They stress that his privacy will he respected at all times. "Police are asking anyone who has seen Richard, knows of his whereabouts or has seen his car to contact them at Cardiff Central Police Station on 0222 222111 and ask for the Crimedesk or CID office.
"Should Richard himself hear or see this appeal, his family and friends are anxious for him to contact one of them or the police to let them know he is safe and well. They again wish to stress that Richard will not be urged to return or reveal his whereabouts if he does not wish to do so."
Manics bassist Nicky Wire added: "If Richey doesn't want to come back, then that's fine. But we just want him to give us a call or send a postcard." Last year, Richey was admitted to a private London clinic to receive treatment for depression. In the light of this — and the fact that he has not been seen or heard from for more than two weeks — concern is obviously mounting as to his well being.
Mayhem can only emphasise that anyone who has seen Richey or has any knowledge of his whereabouts should call the South Wales Police on the above number.