POLICE are urgently trying to trace a missing man believed to be in County Durham. 

22-year-old Joe Thompson, from Stockton, is believed to be in the Gainford or Barnard Castle area.

Joe was last seen in the area of Rievaulx Close in Stockton this morning, Thursday, November 25. 

His car has since been found in the Gainford area and a search in that area is ongoing. Joe is described as white, with a fair complexion, thin build and around 5ft 10in tall.

He has blonde hair and was last seen wearing a black hooded top, black tracksuit bottoms and black trainers. 

Officers would ask anyone who may have seen him, or anyone who may know of his whereabouts, to get in touch as a matter of urgency. 

Anyone with information is asked to contact Durham Police on 101.

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