Search for Wearside grandfather missing from home

Graeme Chapman and his grand-daughter Cora.

Graeme Chapman and his grand-daughter Cora.

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A frantic Sunderland family are appealing for information after a granddad went missing from the city.

Graeme Chapman, 52, was last seen by his wife yesterday morning when he dropped her off at work at Sunderland Royal Hospital at around 8.30am.

The father-of-two, an accountant, has been suffering from depression and his family believe this might be the cause of his disappearance.

Son Ben, 26, said the police have been informed of Graeme's disappearance and cameras picked him up in a Grey Mazda Sport 2 car, registration GJ03 TYX, heading north past Rothbury yesterday.

He said: "He has just left. He didn't take anything with him. He hasn't got anything to contact us with, no mobile phone. We think he has about £40, but that's it and that has probably gone on petrol.

"We are frantic and just want to know he is safe."

Ben said although they have a few relatives living in the south, the family can't think of anyone Graeme might have gone to visit further north.

Graeme, who lives in High Barnes and has a two-year-old granddaughter, is probably wearing jeans and a grey coat.

Ben has set up a Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/umbiggy/posts/10154186992074459 and is asking people to share it in a bid to find his dad.

Anyone with information about Graeme's whereabouts is urged to contact either Ben on 07930 803275 or the police.