A LORRY driver's disappearance remains one of Huddersfield's most baffling mysteries.

Exactly six years ago today Bruce Gapper's fire-damaged car was found abandoned near Castle Hill.

His bank cards were used to draw cash out twice over the next few days and then ... nothing.

His cards were never used again, his family have not heard from him and no-one has seen him.

Now police have made a fresh appeal for Bruce to come forward and contact his family.

Anyone else who can help the inquiry should contact the police.

And if Bruce reads this they have some news for him - he is about to become a great uncle.

Bruce, then 40, was employed by Huddersfield transport company, Dukes Transport, as a lorry driver who delivered mainly in the Greater Manchester area.

On Monday March 15, 1999 he failed to attend work at 7am.

His red Peugeot 309 car was discovered with fire damage abandoned in the Castle Hill area the same morning.

He has been missing ever since.

The last confirmed sighting of him was at 2.30am the day before, Sunday March 14, at Bradford Road, Batley, after he left the Frontier nightclub to get some food.

Inquiries revealed the last person to have any contact with him was his father who telephoned Bruce on the morning of Sunday March 14 at his home in Dewsbury.

It is also believed that Bruce may have been in the Scarisbrick area of Southport on Wednesday March 17 and then back in West Yorkshire the following morning in the Morley area.

There are indications his bank card was used at these two locations.

Bruce had lived in Groves Hall Road, Dewsbury Moor, for 10 years before he went missing.

He is 5ft 8ins tall, stocky with balding brown hair, blue eyes and wore spectacles.

He may have worn an unusual solid gold neck chain with a speedboat pendant at the time he vanished.

Bruce's family originate from the Dursley area of Gloucestershire.

His immediate family now live in the Southport area.

Bruce had a circle of friends who were mainly associated with the Frontier nightclub in Batley.

He also had connections with Lincolnshire.

He served there in the RAF for many years and Louth was known to be one of his favourite places.

Det Con Kevin Hall, of Dewsbury CID, said: "Bruce's niece, Hannah, is expecting her first child this April.

"She would be over the moon if Bruce would get in touch with her to let her know that he is alright.

"If anyone has any information that could help us to find him please phone."

Mrs Wendy Dixon, Bruce's sister, who lives in a village near Southport, said: "There is no pressure on Bruce to come back.

"We just want to know he is safe and well. We are mystified as to what has happened to him and just want to put our minds at rest."

Anyone with any information should contact Det Con Kevin Hall at Dewsbury CID on 01924 431059.