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Mountain rescue teams halt search

Mountain rescue teams have ended their search for a missing 88-year-old man from County Durham.

Teesdale and Weardale Search and Mountain Rescue Team had been involved since the elderly man went missing on Friday afternoon.

Additional mountain rescue teams were brought in to try to locate William Jones from Ferryhill, but at 0100 BST Sunday they decided to pull out.

Police inquiries are continuing within the area.

Mr Jones was last seen at 1600 BST Friday when he left his home in Derwent Road, Ferryhill for a walk.

A large-scale hunt followed, including the police, search dogs and search and rescue teams.

The retired pitman, who walks with a stick, is described as 5ft 6ins, with grey hair, and was wearing brown cord trousers, a grey coat and grey woolly hat.



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