THE recent spate of missing persons cases in this region underline the importance of people looking out for each other.
It is something we do quite well in this country, and we should never lose sight of it.
The large groups of volunteers engaged in these searches is symptomatic of this.
On a wider scale as winter takes its grip, the importance of care for the elderly is also extremely important.
The range of services that once existed for vulnerable groups is, in many cases, no longer there, or has been whittled down to be almost ineffective.
The need for good neighbours and strong community ethos has never been more acute.
Meanwhile, for the families of missing people, it is an inordinately difficult time and our thoughts are with them.