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Charity raps woman who fled home; `Shecaused so much grief to her parents'.

Byline: Mark Hookham

A WOMAN who vanished from home, wasting hundreds of hours of police time, was branded irresponsible by a charity last night. Naomi Gilyeat, 22,left her handbag and mobile phone on Ainsdale beac h, near Southport, bef ore fleeing with 29 year -old boyfriend Sam Brown to Somerset.

Managers at the National Missing Persons Helpline condemned her actions which caused her parents three days of anguish and cost police an estimated pounds 30,000.

The receptionist from Seafield Road,Ainsdale, vanished early on Saturday after a night out with friends.

Her disappearance led to father Mike, the secretary of Royal Birkdale Golf Club, making an emotional appeal for her to return and sparked a huge police operation with officers on horsebac

and quadbik es hunting for clues.

Fears were intensified by the discovery of her belongings on a section of beach more than three miles from her parents' pounds 300,000 home.

But on Tuesday morning detectives tracked her to a hide-away in Yeovil, Somerset, where she had fled with Mr Brown.

And it is now possible the couple dumped the belongings in a recreation of the staged disappearance of 1970s TV character Reginald Perrin, played by the late Liverpool-born actor Leonard Rossiter.

The handbag and phone were even found on the same beach used to film the disappearance in the comedy, The Fall and Rise of Regianld Perrin.

Janet Newman,co-founder of the National Missing Persons' Helpline, last night said: ``Really we think it's very irresponsible doing what she did.

``She caused so much grief and worry to her parents. It wasted so much time and cost so much money to the police when there are people out there who need to be found.

``We respect her right to go missing but she could have sent a note to her family to say she was safe.

``She could have contacted our Message Home line and we would have passed a personal message to her parents.''

Meanwhile,it has been revealed that Mr Brown's wife,Melissa, 28, is pregnant and has been left behind in Southport.

Mrs Brown said: ``I don't hate her at all. I think she is wrong to do this, but I think she should be careful.

``He was a charmer. He was a really good laugh -the kind of man you can go out and have a good laugh with.''

Miss Gilyeat and Mr Brown met while the two worked at Pontins in Southport.

Police insist she dumped her belongings as a ``symbolic break with the past'' rather than to try and fake her own ab duction or death.

Detective Chief Insp Mike Keogh ruled out plans to prosecute her for wasting police time.

Miss Gilyeat was born in Germany and spent much of her childhood in Dorset and Salisbury where her father, a major in the Royal Signals Regiment at the time, was based.

Last night,Mr Gilyeat told the Daily Post: ``I appreciate everything that everyone has done to help us find Naomi but now I really feel that I cannot comment. I can say she has never heard of Reginald Perrin.''

Miss Gilyeat was engaged for four years and lived with her fiance in Winsford, Cheshire, but when they split up in August she move bac

home with her parents.

She had been drinking with friends on Friday night bef ore she was dropped off outside her house by friends short ly bef ore 3am.

It is belie ved she then met Mr Brown and the pair headed for Somerset.

Miss Gilyeat declined to comment yesterday.

However, she was earlier reported as saying: ``Yes,I regret running away. It just all got too much for me.

``Everything got on top of me and I just needed to get away.''

Daily Post,Friday,January 16, 2004

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COUPLE: Sam Brown and wife Melissa on their wedding day; NO COMMENT: Naomi Gilyeat at her new Yeovil home; Picture: THE SUN
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