Police concerned as banker disappears with shotguns

Police concerned as banker disappears with shotguns


Police yesterday afternoon issued an urgent appeal to trace a City banker described as “depressed” after recently leaving his job. 

49 year-old Dutch born financier, Huibert Boumeester is believed to have two shotguns in his possession.


Mr Boumeester worked for troubled banking group ABN Amro, which was the subject of the catastrophic takeover by the Royal Bank of Scotland in 2007. He is also on the board of several City firms.


Police were alerted after he failed to attend a meeting Monday morning, and could not be reached by his PA. He was last seen in London on Sunday evening.  


The wealthy banker has properties in Clapham and Victoria in London and an estate in Scotland. Officers have searched these homes but have failed to find him. It was during these searches that police noticed that two of the six firearms Mr Boumeester legally owns were missing.


Detective Inspector Mick Standing has said: “We are extremely concerned for the safety of Mr Boumeester. There is particular concern because he is a registered firearms keeper and we cannot account for two of the firearms that he owns.”


The police have emphasised that the issue is about Mr Boumeester’s safety and not about the public’s safety. However, they have also urged people not to approach him.


Mr Boumeester became an ABN Amro board member in 2006, having worked his way up through the company that he joined in 1987, as a management trainee. Records show that he earned a £440,000 salary at the bank and was given a million euro bonus in 2007.  

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