Police who appealed for the public’s help to find an elderly woman from Sherborne say she has been found safe.

Madeleine Harvey, aged 78, was reported missing having last been seen at her address in Long Street at around 5.45pm yesterday. She was believed to have left on foot.

Police issued a description and said they were concerned for her welfare as she is confused easily.

A spokesman for Dorset Police said tonight: "Officers searching for missing Sherborne woman Madeleine Harvey are please to confirm she has been found safe and well.

"Following searches by officers, she has now been found safe and well in the Sherborne area.

"We would like to thank everyone who shared our appeal."