A MISSING man has been found safe and well near Dorchester.

Ashley Bessant, from Hampshire, was reported missing after he failed to turn up for work on Wednesday morning.

A police search for the 28 year-old concentrated on Dorset and then moved further west after a possible sighting in Devon.

But officers from Hampshire Police have confirmed he was found safe and well last night and is now back home with his parents in Dibden Purlieu, on the edge of the New Forest.