Police have thanked the public after a 78-year-old man who went missing from his home in Benfleet was found safe.

Essex Police had appealed for help after the man left his house in the early hours of this morning, Saturday May 15.

A police spokesman said: "We'd like to thank everyone who shared our appeal to find missing Raymond Tyler from Benfleet.

"We can confirm he's now been found and is safe.

"Thank you for sharing our appeal."