POLICE have confirmed a missing man from Verwood has returned home safely. 

Ian Church, aged 45, was last seen at 6.45pm on Tuesday, September 17. 

Searches were carried out by officers, with assistance from the NPAS helicopter and Dorset Search and Rescue (DorSAR).

A Dorset Police spokesman said: "Ian returned home this morning, Thursday 19 September 2019.

"We would like to thank all those who shared our appeal."