Searches are ongoing for a man believed to be in the West Bay area - almost a week after he went missing.

Mark Purdy, aged 64, left his home in Sussex at 9am on Friday morning. He told his family that he was going for a walk but he never returned.

Later, he messaged to indicate that he is in the West Bay area of Dorset and was very upset.

At around 7pm there was a possible sighting of him at The George pub.

Lyme Regis lifeboat was launched twice on Friday and Saturday to help search for him. HM Coastguard, Dorset Search and Rescue (DorSAR), the NPAS helicopter and Dorset Police have also joined the search.

A spokesman for Dorset Police said officers are concerned for Mr Purdy's welfare.

Mark is described as white, five feet eleven inches tall and of slim build.

He has thick grey hair and uses glasses. He may be wearing casual trousers or jeans, a plain jumper, a deep red fleece and black shoes.

At around 1am on Saturday officers found property believed to belong to him at the Watch House Cafe, including some clothing, spectacles, a mobile phone and wallet.

Anyone with information or knowledge as to Mark's whereabouts can contact Dorset Police on 101, quoting incident number 23:434

Alternatively, contact Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111 or via