CONCERNED officers searching for a missing Barnsley man have urged him to make contact.

James Stephenson, 40, left the Cambian Oaks Hospital in Sheffield Road at around 10.15am on March 18. He told staff he intended to go shopping in the Huddersfield area, but never returned.

The last confirmed sighting of Mr Stephenson is at the Dewsbury and Mirfield Neighbourhood Housing Team's customer service centre in Town Hall Way, Dewsbury, at around 3.30pm on March 25.

He has not been seen since, and it is believed he could be anywhere in the country.

Timothy Fish, missing persons officer at South Yorkshire Police, said: "If James sees this appeal, I would urge him to get in touch with us by calling 101.

"He is not in any trouble, we just want to confirm that he is safe and well. As time goes on and there is still no word from him, we are growing increasingly concerned for his safety."

Anyone with any information on Mr Stephenson's whereabouts should call South Yorkshire Police on 101, quoting incident number 589 of March 18, 2014.