POLICE are appealing for the public’s help as they are becoming increasingly concerned for an east Dorset man who has gone missing.

Nicholas Paul Attwell, 53, went missing from his home address at Utrecht Court, Christchurch, on Sunday May, 18.

Force Incident Commander Bryan Duffy said: “Nicholas may become easily confused and come to some harm. We are becoming increasingly concerned for his welfare as now almost a week has passed since his disappearance.

“Enquiries reveal that he was last seen in Hereford along Union Street at around 8am on Thursday May 22. We believe Nicholas is travelling across the country as there have also been sightings of him in Southampton and Gloucester.

“It is possible that he is sleeping outdoors as his access to funds is very limited.

“His family is anxious for him to come home and it is important that Nicholas, or anyone who knows of his whereabouts, comes forward as soon as possible as we want to ensure that he is safe and well.”

Nicholas is white, five feet seven inches tall, of large build and has short thinning hair. It is believed that he is wearing pale blue jeans, black shoes and a white cream coloured shirt or a white T-shirt.

Anyone with information or knowledge as to Nicholas’ whereabouts should call Dorset Police on 101 quoting incident number 22:192.