POLICE are appealing for help to find missing man Ian Church.

The 45-year-old from Verwood was last seen at 6.45pm on Tuesday 17 September when he left his home in Merryfield Close.

He is described as white, five feet ten inches tall, bald and of medium build with stubble.

When Ian went missing he was wearing a light grey jumper, a navy gilet, blue jeans and brown boots.

Dorset Police Chief Inspector, Andy Edwards, said: “We are becoming increasingly concerned for Ian’s welfare as we believe he may have been upset recently and has not taken a mobile phone or a vehicle with him.”

“I would also like to make a direct plea to Ian if you see this appeal to please contact us or your family as we just want to ensure you are all right.”

The police are carrying out searches in the Verwood area with the help of Dorset Search and Rescue and have sent a helicopter to try and locate him.

Anyone with information is urged to contact Dorset Police at www.dorset.police.uk, via email 101@dorset.pnn.police.uk or by calling 101, quoting incident number 17:500.