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Concerns grow for missing Teesside pensioner last seen in Newcastle

Concerns are growing for a missing Teesside pensioner who was last seen in Newcastle.

William Matthews was reported missing after he was last seen leaving a bus in the city centre at around 1pm on Saturday, July 31.

The 66-year-old boarded the X10 bus in Teesside before getting off on John Dobson Street and heading in the direction of Market Street.

There have been no reported sightings of William since Saturday and both police and his family are growing increasingly concerned for his welfare.

On Friday, police released a picture of the pensioner, who is from the Teesside area, and asked anyone who may have seen him in recent days to get in touch.

William is described as white, around 6ft 1in tall, of medium build and with short brown/grey balding hair. He was last seen wearing a navy blue padded jacket, blue jeans and blue trainers.

Detective Sergeant Neil Huck, of Northumbria Police, said: “It has been nearly a week since William was last seen and we are growing concerned for his welfare.

“We do believe that William could have been sleeping rough and any reported sightings could greatly assist our investigation and help us to bring him safely home to his family.

“We will continue to offer them support at this difficult time and would ask that you look closely at his picture, and the CCTV image, and get in touch if you think you have seen him.”

Anyone who may be able to assist the investigation is asked to contact officers through the Northumbria Police website, or by calling 101, and quoting ref NP-20210805-0846.

Police have released an appeal after William Matthews was reported missing. (Image: Northumbria Police)