Missing Hartlepool man found safe

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A PENSIONER who sparked a police search after he disappeared has been located.

The 80-year-old had last been seen in the Gloucester Street area of Hartlepool at 5.45pm on Wednesday.

Last night, Cleveland Police appealed for help to find him, with the force’s helicopter launched to help in the search.

It covered the Seaton Carew area, town centre and other areas of Hartlepool.

A short time after their plea for help was made, police announced the man had been found and returned safe and well to his family.