A 'vulnerable' missing man is still missing four days after he left home unexpectedly.

The family of Craig Reed are becoming increasingly worried after the dad-of-one disappeared from his Gateshead home on Monday afternoon.

The 39-year-old had last been seen leaving the home on Rose Street in Teams but has not been seen or heard from since.

His sister Lynsey Allison said Craig was on medication for his mental health but he left some of it at home.

The 37-year-old from Washington said: "He didn't take all of his medication with him, so he could be confused."

She added: "He's been ok but obviously this has kind of come out of the blue. It's very unlike him to stay out, to stay away from home."

Police have been carrying out inquiries to locate Craig but they are now growing concerned for his welfare.

Superintendent Craig Metcalfe, of Northumbria Police , is leading the search and has now appealed for help from the public.

Craig Reed who went missing from his Gateshead home on December 16
Craig Reed who went missing from his Gateshead home on December 16

He said: “We are growing increasingly worried about Craig and are ramping up our efforts to locate him.

“His family are very concerned and we are offering them support as we continue to piece together his movements over the past few days.

“We are now releasing a picture of Craig and are asking anyone with information about his whereabouts to get in touch.

“If you know where he is, or have seen him around in recent days, then please call us.

“Likewise, if Craig himself reads this appeal then we would urge you to get in touch. Your family just want to know that you’re okay.”

Craig, or anyone who knows his whereabouts, is asked to contact police on 101 quoting reference HRN M009032/19.

You can also report information online at the Northumbria Police website or by emailing [email protected]