POLICE are concerned for the safety of a missing Selby man.

William Notley, 57, spoke to his wife on the telephone at 1pm on Tuesday, when it is believed he was at his home address in Buller Street, but has not been seen or heard from since.

North Yorkshire Police said Mr Notley had missed an an appointment he was due to attend, and they were concerned about his health. His whereabouts are currently unknown, and police say he could be anywhere in the country.

Inspector Andy Haigh, who is coordinating the search, said: "William, if you see or hear this appeal, I urge you to get in touch with your wife straight away as she is desperate to know that you are safe and well.

"If you would prefer to speak to a police officer please get in touch with us and we will reassure your wife about your welfare. I am also keen to speak to anyone who has seen Mr Notley, or knows where is now, and ask them to get in touch with the police as soon as possible."

Mr Notley is described as white, about 5ft 6in tall, with a slim build and brown hair. Police said he may be wearing a brown striped polo shirt, blue jeans and brown trainers.

Anyone with information or who has seen William Notley should contact North Yorkshire Police on 101.