POLICE are urgently appealing to trace a missing Thornaby man.

Steven Lightfoot, 39, was last seen leaving his home address at 2pm, but has not been returned home.

"Mr Lightfoot may have his dog with him, a little red Staffordshire bull terrier," said a spokeswoman for Cleveland Police. "Steven is described as 5ft 11ins tall, thin build, with a bald head.

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"He has a tribal tattoo, and brown eyes. He was last seen wearing light blue jeans, a light blue t-shirt with a surfboard motif and white and orange Nike Air Max trainers.

"It is completely out of character for Steven not to return home therefore police are very concerned for his welfare."

Anyone who has seen Mr Lightfoot is asked to contact Cleveland Police on the non-emergency number 101.