DETECTIVES searching for a missing man from South Shields can confirm they have found a body.

Earlier today, officers recovered a body of a man which is currently believed to be that of Stephen Robertson, 63, who went missing yesterday.

His next of kin have been informed and are being supported by officers.

A police spokesman said: "A formal identification process will follow and enquiries are being carried out to establish the circumstances surrounding the death.

"At this stage, there is not believed to be any third party involvement.

"We would like to thank everyone who helped with the search for Stephen."