POLICE have issued an urgent appeal to find a missing walker believed to be in Upper Wharfdale who was last seen leaving his home address yesterday (Monday) morning.

An RAF helicopter and the Upper Wharfedale Fell Rescue Association are currently carrying out searches in the areas of Kettlewell, Starbotton and Yockenthwaite.

A spokesman for North Yorkshire Police said: “We are currently searching for David McCartney, 74, who was last seen at his home address in Keighley on Monday.

“David told his family he was heading on a walking expedition and would be approximately four to five hours. He travelled to the Craven area in a black Volvo 62 plate V60.”

“We are currently carrying out enquiries to locate him but are growing increasingly concerned for his welfare.”

“To assist with the search, we have called in the Upper Wharfdale Fell Rescue association and the RAF who are assisting with a helicopter.”

“David is described as wearing a blue kagool, red trousers, a orange and brown striped scarf and he was carrying a red and black rucksack.”

“Anyone who has seen David, or his vehicle, or has information that could assist us, is asked to call 101. If you have an immediate sighting please dial 999”