The heartbroken family of missing Northumberland woman Sally Allan have said they are worried about her and have begged her to come home.
The 59-year-old was last seen leaving her home in Errington Road, Darras Hall, Ponteland, sometime after 3am on Boxing Day. She has now been missing for three days and both her family and the police are growing increasingly concerned for her welfare as her disappearance is completely out of character.
In a statement, Mrs Allan's family said: "Sally is so loved and we just want her to come home. Everyone misses her so very much, we have had so much support - all of her friends have been in touch and have been sharing stories with us - we just wish Sally was here to hear them.
"We have been so moved and overwhelmed by the support we have had from friends, colleagues and neighbours who have joined us in searching the local area and would like to express how grateful we are. The support is fantastic and it means a lot to us. We're all heartbroken and are desperate for Sally to come. We appeal direct to Sally to contact us to let us know you are safe and well. We are here for you and need you to come home.
"We would also like to thank the police and search and rescue volunteers for the time and effort they have dedicated so far."
This morning, officers were continuing to be supported by search and rescue teams as the hunt for Mrs Allan continues.
Chief Inspector Stephen Readdie, of Northern Area Command, said: "It has now been three days since Mrs Allan went missing and we are still very concerned for her welfare and are desperate for her to be reunited with her family. Officers will be located in the areas where we have had possible sightings of Mrs Allan – with searches today focused around the area of Newburn and the River Tyne.
"In these types of cases the help of the public can be vital to bringing loved ones home and this one is no different. If you see Sally, or anyone who you may think could be Sally, then we urge you to call the police. This is completely out of character for Sally and she has never been away from home for this length of time without contacting her family. The local community have already been very supportive and we are thankful for all their help. We would ask that you continue to spread the word and help bring Sally home."
A Search 4 Sally Facebook group has been set up on social-networking site Facebook and her son Clive has made a special video appealing for the public's help to find her. There was also a strong turn out at a group search yesterday morning and award-winning North East comedian Sarah Millican has supported the Search 4 Sally appeal by retweeting a message and missing poster about the search.
Mrs Allan is described as being 5ft 7" tall, slim build, with short silver/grey hair and may be wearing gold rimmed glasses. She is believed to be wearing pink pyjamas, cream-coloured fleece and cream-coloured Regatta waterproof anorak.
Anyone with information about where she may be should contact Northumbria Police on 101 quoting reference 0258 26/12/15.