A MAJOR search is continuing today in Swanage for missing man Gerald Turner.

Police and specialist teams have been combing the hills around the Purbeck town following the 67-year-old's disappearance.

Yesterday officers released CCTV footage showing a potential sighting of him.

Police search teams have been supported by HM Coastguard, DorSAR (Dorset Search and Rescue), Dorset and Wiltshire Fire and Rescue Service and Wessex 4x4.

Mr Turner was reported missing at 11.30am on Sunday, having last been seen at his home address in Church Hill at around 3am.

People have been urged to check their own CCTV footage for sightings of him.

The 67-year-old is described as around five feet seven inches tall and of slim build with short, thick, dark hair and a greying goatie beard and moustache.

It is believed he was wearing a black waterproof jacket, blue cotton tracksuit type trousers and green wellies.

Gerald is known to become confused easily and has been upset recently so police are becoming increasingly concerned for his welfare.

Yesterday, Chief Inspector Rob Chalkley, of Dorset Police, said: “We are making every effort to locate Gerald and I am grateful to all the agencies and voluntary organisations for assisting with our searches, and to everyone who has shared our appeal.

“I would ask members of the local community to check any CCTV systems they have for any potential sightings of someone matching Gerald’s description, particularly between around 5.30am and 7.30am today. I would also ask any motorists who were travelling in the area around that time and may potentially have dashcam footage to do the same.

“Gerald requires medication and it is not believed that he has it on him so he may have fallen ill and I would appeal to local residents to check their gardens and any outbuildings in case he has taken shelter there.”