Ex-Wimbledon chief found by police while going in ‘cold sea’ and issues apology

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    Former AFC Wimbledon chief Danny Macklin has been found by Cornwall Police.

    Football fans had come together to help find Macklin, who said his "life was in tatters" in a worrying letter he uploaded onto social media on Friday morning. Essex Police then issued an appeal to the public asking for information of his whereabouts.

    However, it was Cornwall Police who were able to find the 32-year-old. Macklin then took to X (formerly Twitter) to inform people he had been rescued in the Cornish town of Looe.

    He tweeted: "I have been found safely by Cornwall Police in Looe just prior to going into what I can assure you was cold sea water!

    "Thank you for all the well wishes – I will seek the help I need and sorry for the terrible pain I have caused so many and then seek to rebuild my career / life."

    Macklin left the Dons earlier this season after allegations were made that he made abusive and sexist comments to a female member of staff. Macklin was charged by the FA on Wednesday for his remarks.

    In his heartbreaking letter on Twitter, Macklin said he had made some hideous comments that have "caused so much pain for so many people". Macklin asked fans to remember the person he was, not the person he has become and to remember that "mental health is real".

    Macklin said he is "not sexist" and he "never has been", but reiterated "I am the one at fault and I 100% know that. I massively regret the private comment I made."

    He has also held senior positions at Leyton Orient, Southend United and Essex County Cricket Club. After Essex police asked for information on his whereabouts, Orient took to their own social media page to say: “Danny. We can’t begin to understand how you are feeling right now, but please just know we are all here for you.

    "It takes a strong person to admit their mistakes which you have done and an even stronger one to overcome the adversity that follows them. We know you can do this too.

    “We hope that the number of messages you have received today prove to you how valuable you are to this world. We are all here for you and will give you all the help you need.”

    For emotional support, you can call the Samaritans 24-hour helpline on 116 123, email [email protected], visit a Samaritans branch in person or go to the Samaritans website.

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