Large scale search for missing woman in Whitby

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Searches are taking place along the North Yorkshire coast today for a woman who has been reported missing from home and is feared to be in a distressed state.

North Yorkshire Police has launched a "large-scale" search for Julie Gamsby, 59, from Neale Street, Ferryhill near County Durham after she was reported missing by her worried husband after she failed to return home on Saturday evening.

Enquiries and searches are ongoing today (Monday) at local pubs, guest houses and hotels for any sightings or any information about Julie that could assist the effort to locate her.

Durham Police established Mrs Gamsby had been to her cleaning job at the local B&M store on Saturday morning, she went back home before setting off for Whitby by bus via Darlington between 10am and 11am.

North Yorkshire Police took over the high-risk missing person enquiry after receiving information on Sunday morning that Julie may have been near the East Pier in Whitby.

The force co-ordinated a large scale search during Sunday, which involved specialist police search teams and a police dog, a police helicopter, the Coastguard and RNLI lifeboats.

Mrs Gamsby is described as white, 5ft 3in tall, medium build, with collar length blonde hair. She has numerous tattoos including flowers on her legs and a barbed wire band around her right upper arm.

She usually wears gold dangly earrings, rings on her right hand and several bangle bracelets on each wrist. At this stage, it is not known what clothes she was wearing when she travelled to Whitby.

If anyone has information they are asked to contact North Yorkshire Police immediately on 101, select option 1, and speak to the Force Control Room, quote reference number 12170092110.