A PENSIONER who has not been seen for more than a month is being urged to make contact with his family.

Police say they are growing increasingly concerned for the welfare of Thomas Potts, who has been missing for several weeks.

The 65-year-old, from Park Road, in Stanley, was last seen by his son Anthony in Darlington on August 25.

Mr Potts has family connections in Wales and it was believed that he could be there, but it is now thought that from early October he has been in Inverness and may still be in that area.

Police are concerned for his well being because he takes medication which he is believed to have left behind.

Insp Simon Orton, of Durham Police, said: "We know that Thomas likes to travel around the UK using public transport; however it is unusual for him to be out of contact with his family for such a long time. Thomas’ family are obviously very concerned for his safety.

"There is a suggestion that he may now have moved on from the Wales area and travelled to Inverness where we believe he was on October 6.

"We would ask anyone who has seen him to get in touch. We also know that Thomas has a mobile phone and would ask him to get in touch with us directly so that we know he is safe and we can re-assure his family."

Mr Potts is described as being white, 5’7" tall with a medium build and has short grey curly hair.

Anyone who has seen him since August 25 is asked to call the police on 0345 6060365.