A MISSING man has been found.

Northumbria Police have thanked the public for their help in the search for missing South Tyneside man George Dodds.

The 72-year-old was reported missing at 6.50pm on Thursday after leaving his home in Cleadon at about 1pm.

Supt Paul Milner said: “George was found by a member of the public who alerted the police on Saturday afternoon and we have now reunited George with his family and he has been taken to hospital to be looked after. Since he went missing we have been increasingly concerned for George’s welfare and are pleased that he has been found. Northumbria Police and George’s family are grateful for the help and support they have received from members of the public.”

“We saw the local community really come together to help look for George and share our appeal and we would like to say a massive thank you to everyone who helped.”