OFFICERS searching for a missing 72-year-man have found a body.

Derek Atkinson was reported missing yesterday afternoon after leaving Grange Lane and was last seen at 12.15 this morning on Silverstone Avenue, Cudworth.

This afternoon the body of a man was found on open land between Belle Green Lane, Cudworth, and Engine Lane.

While formal identification has not taken place, police do believe it to be 72-year-old Derek, and his family have been informed.

The death is not being treated as suspicious.