Search and rescue teams spend hours scouring South Shields park as they help police try to find missing Mark Thompson

Specialist search teams have been drafted in by police as they help in the search for injured missing man Mark Thompson.

Tuesday, 2nd March 2021, 8:52 am

Northumbria Police has said the force is growing increasingly concerned for his welfare and have issued an appeal for help to find him.

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Northumberland National Park Mountain Rescue Team has shared photos of its members searching Temple Memorial Park as they help police look for Mark Thompson.

As part of the effort Northumberland National Park Mountain Rescue Team and North of Tyne Mountain Rescue Team were called to the park at 1.10pm and spent almost five hours carrying out a sweep of the land.

Earlier today, a spokesperson for the Northumberland team, which sent 10 of its members, said: “Northumbria Police requested Mountain Rescue’s assistance for a missing person search in South Shields yesterday afternoon.

"The missing person had last been seen on two days earlier and the police were increasingly concerned for their wellbeing.

"In discussion with the Police Search Adviser it was agreed that North of Tyne Mountain Rescue Team and ourselves would deploy.

Northumbria Police has shared images of Mark Thompson as they appeal for help to find the 37-year-old.

"Team members worked alongside police officers to search Temple Memorial Park.

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"Despite our collective efforts nothing was found and police inquiries are ongoing.”

The search and rescue teams are led by volunteers and funded through donations.

Northumberland National Park Mountain Rescue Team members checking Temple Memorial Park for Mark Thompson.

Police have described Mr Thompson as around 6ft tall, of slim build and bald and was last seen wearing a blue hat, black face mask with a grey hooded top, a navy jacket and black tracksuit bottoms with white trainers.

CCTV images have been released as part of the search showing what he was wearing at the time of his disappearance.

He or anyone with information about his whereabouts, is asked to get in touch immediately by calling 101 and quoting log number 275 27/02/21 or use the Tell us Something page of the force’s website.

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Northumberland National Park Mountain Rescue Team and North of Tyne Mountain Rescue Team spent almost five hours carrying out a check of the land.

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