POLICE are appealing for the public's help in finding a missing South Tyneside man - believed to be in Cumbria.

Richard Bennett, 44, was reported missing on Wednesday April 9, after he had not been seen by his neighbours in Lumley Court, Hebburn for more than a week.

Officers have carried out inquiries and believe he may be in Cumbria as he is a keen outdoor pursuits enthusiast and enjoys the countryside and hill walking in the area.

Richard is described as 5ft8 to 5ft10, stocky build, with dark short hair and facial hair.

He may have been wearing a red waterproof jacket, dark walking trousers with green gaiters and walking boots and carrying a rucksack.

Richard, or anyone who sees him or believes they know where he is, is asked to get in contact with Northumbria Police on 101 quoting reference 498 090414.