*Update - Michael Whitaker has now been found safe and well in Padiham*


CONCERNS have been raised about a man who went missing from hospital.

Michael Whitaker, 57, from Nelson, was seen leaving Royal Blackburn Hospital around 8.10am and walking on Old Bank Lane towards Shadsworth.

Police have posted an appeal about Mr Whitaker who is described a white, 6ft 4in tall, of slim build.

He was wearing a grey jacket, black and white stripy top, black jeans and black boots at the time of his disappearance. He was also carrying a green hospital bag .

Michael has links to the Nelson area.

Officers are very concerned for his welfare and are urging anyone who has seen him to come forward.

PC Liam Jarman, of Blackburn Police, said: “Michael’s disappearance is very worrying. He has left hospital and is considered vulnerable.

“We believe he could be unable to communicate or interact and explain what has happened.

“I would encourage anyone with information or who knows where he is to come forward.”

Anyone with information can contact police on 101 quoting log 0286 of June 19. In an emergency call 999.