Police are searching for a missing 63-year-old man from Skelton

OFFICERS searching for a missing man have asked members of the public to refrain from organising search parties tonight due to poor weather conditions.

Officers from Cleveland Police and volunteers from Cleveland Mountain Rescue are currently searching the wooded areas between Skelton and Saltburn and surrounding areas in a bid to find Mr Phelps.

A  spokersperson for Cleveland Police said: “We would please ask for members of the public to refrain from organising search parties to find Peter.

“The weather conditions can be extremely dangerous in the dark and officers would ask people to leave it to the professionals as lives could potentially be at risk.

“Thank you for everyone’s assistance with the search so far but please follow our advice.”

Anyone who has seen Mr Phelps is asked to call 101, using the reference number  210655.

The Northern Echo | Teesside