MERSEYSIDE Police are currently working with Cheshire Police, HM Coastguard and other emergency services in the search for missing man, Thomas Cook.

Mr Cook, who is 76 and from the Liverpool area, was last seen at around 3pm on Monday, October 7, wearing a grey Nike tracksuit, walking boots, a black body warmer and black glasses.

He is described as white, around 5ft 8in, of medium build, with grey short hair and a Liverpool accent.

Mr Cook, who suffers from dementia, is known to the New Brighton area.

Police teams have been searching along the River Mersey in the Elton, Runcorn and Garston areas following reports that an elderly man was stuck in the area, however police are also appealing to the public to get in touch if they have seen anyone that resembles Thomas or knows where he is to DM @MerPolCC, call 101 or in an emergency, always call 999.

Earlier on Tuesday, Cheshire fire and police, as well as paramedics and coastguard teams, searched the river by Orchard Park Lane, Elton.

Four fire engines attended; two from Ellesmere Port, one from Chester and one from Powey Lane, as did water rescue units from Chester and Warrington and aerial ladder platforms from Chester and Lymm.

A rescue boat from Chester Fire Station and a coastguard helicopter searched for him.

Firefighters were in attendance for nearly three-and-a-half hours, until the police and coastguard confirmed that their assistance was no longer required.