POLICE are continuing extensive searches for a missing granddad with links to St Helens.

Officers are continuing to search for Brian Blakeman who is missing from Skelmersdale, West Lancashire.

Police have conducted open land, underwater and helicopter searches for Brian over the weekend.

Brian, 77, was reported missing from Skelmersdale on Tuesday (December 5).

He is believed to be wearing a blue fleece jacket with an Everton FC badge on, with jeans and trainers.

Officers remain extremely concerned for his welfare and have issued appeals for information since his disappearance on Tuesday

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In an update today, Sunday, police in Skelmersdale said: "Teams have been working extensively to try and find Brian with large areas of open land and open water searched.

"Specialist teams, trained around search operations, have supported this effort.

"Further to this, detectives are investigating other areas to help find Brian.

"In total officers have conducted around 800 house-to-house enquiries, reviewed around 50 hours of CCTV footage and spoken with more than 40 people who have come forward with information. This is not unusual, but it is hoped we can gather a firmer picture of Brian’s movements on the day he went missing.

"We want to reassure the public we are doing everything in our power to find Brian as soon as possible."

Police added: "The response from residents has been hugely supportive and we want to thank you. We know you want to find Brian as much as we do. Please continue to share our appeals and keep looking for him. Check your gardens, sheds, outhouses, and open spaces around your residential area.

"If you have information which could assist our investigation, please call 999 immediately or email forcecontrolroom@lancashire.police.uk

"Thank you for your continued support."