Police are appealing for information about a missing Hastings man, who could be in Devon. Karl Bunster, 37, was due to appear before Hastings Magistrates Court on December 30 to face two charges of assault by beating. He failed to turn up and police said he has not been seen since before Christmas. Detective Inspector Gavin Patch said: This is a little unusual, but the circumstances of his non-appearance in court and that he has not been seen by family and friends since before Christmas have raised worries and we are concerned for his welfare. Karl also has links to Kent and Scotland. If you know of his whereabouts, contact Sussex Police by emailing email@example.com or calling 101 (Sussex) quoting serial 1715 of 15\/07. Alternatively, you can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 (www.crimestoppers-uk.org).