POLICE say they are concerned for the welfare of a wanted man who may be in the Somerset area.

Officers are carrying out searches for William Owens, from Dorset.

They are appealing through Avon and Somerset Police for people in Somerset to make contact with them if they see him.

Owens, 35, who is known as Billy, was last seen in Weymouth last Wednesday (July 13).

His vehicle was located in the North Wootton area near Sherborne on the afternoon of Friday (July 15).

He is described as white, around six feet tall and of larger build, with light brown or blond hair and a beard. He has a tattoo on his ring finger.

Superintendent Stewart Dipple, of Dorset Police, said: “We have been carrying out enquiries to locate William Owens and we have located his vehicle in the Sherborne area.

“I am now appealing to the public for anyone with information as to his whereabouts to please contact us.

"In addition to police wanting to speak with William, we are also concerned for his welfare and would urge him to contact police.

“I would ask anyone who sees Owens not to approach him but to instead call 999 immediately so that officers can assist.”

If you see William Owens, you should call 999 immediately.

Anyone with other information should call 101, quoting occurrence 55220113399 or Crimestoppers in confidence on 0800 555 111.