POLICE say they are becoming increasingly concerned about a missing South Shields woman.
Pauline Whitfield, 63, was reported missing on Friday, August 30, after she failed to return home from Mecca bingo in South Shields on Thursday night.
She was last seen around 9.30pm on Thursday at the bus stop opposite Mecca Bingo, however CCTV has identified she was possibly in the Denmark Centre in South Shields town centre on Friday morning.
It is out of character for Pauline to go missing and her family are naturally worried about her.
Extensive enquiries and searches are being carried out to find her.
Chief Inspector Michael Barton, of South Tyneside Area Command, said: “Pauline has now been missing for five days, which is completely out of character, and understandably her family are naturally worried about her.
“We’re carrying out inquiries, including viewing CCTV, searching the areas we know she visits and speaking to her family and friends to try to establish where she may be, and we’re asking for the public to help us.
“We’d urge Pauline to get in contact so that her family can be reassured she is OK. We also want to hear from anyone who has heard from her and knows where she is or sees someone fitting her description.
Mrs Whitfield is 5ft 1ins, of medium build, shoulder-length strawberry blonde hair, green eyes, pale complexion with a mole on the right side of her face. She was last seen wearing a black T-shirt, a dark purple cardigan, black trousers and had a black shoulder bag.
Anyone with any information should contact police on 101 ext 69191 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.