Have you seen missing Sunderland 'superfan' David Dowell?

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Friends have appealed for help to find Sunderland 'superfan' David Dowell, who has gone missing from home.

The 52-year-old is an ardent and well-known Black Cats fan, and has been attending matches home and away for years - even pre-season tours abroad.

He has been missing since yesterday morning, when he left his home in St Christopher's Road at 5.50am to go to work.

His normal lift came to pick him up at 6.30am, only to find he had already left the house.

David, who is about 5ft 7in, was last seen in Silksworth Lane, near Sainsbury's, wearing a black three-quarter-length coat, a blue T-shirt and jeans.

Friends are growing concerned for his welfare, as he did not take his wallet, watch or radio with him.

As well as being a devoted Sunderland fan, he is also a keen follower of Durham County Cricket Club.

Anyone who has seen David since yesterday morning is urged to contact Northumbria Police immediately on 101.