A family dog was found safe and well, if a little hungry, 12 days after he went missing.
Max, a golden Labrador cross-breed, had been rehomed by the Love family at Chathill for less than a week when he bolted during a walk.
His new family feared the worst, but searched for him day and night.
And after appeals in the Gazette, and online, the pet was found last week.
Max, who was a city dog, was emaciated, but happy to see his owners.
He scarpered during a walk near his home just under three weeks ago.
Witnesses reported that Max had been hit by a car on the A1 between Newham and Newsteads, but he had run off.
Searches continued around the area and he was finally found and caught at Preston Tower.
Owner Pat Love said: “It is just fantastic to have him back. The whole family was falling to bits.
“He was found just a mile away from where we live.
“We wouldn’t have got him back without the support of all the local people who have helped.
“We want to say thanks to Alexa’s Animals, Shak and Bark and the people of Ellingham, Chathill, Newham and Newsteads who were all out looking for him day and night. We can’t thank everyone enough.
“He was really happy to see us which was amazing as we hadn’t had him long.
“He is a bit emaciated, you can see every bone.
“We need to build him up, but thankfully he is fine and we’re all so relieved.”
Pat’s grandchildren, Katie and Holly Love, pictured with Max above, were delighted to come home from school to find him last week.