POLICE are continuing to appeal for any information regarding the whereabouts of a 77-year-old man who was reported missing from his home on the Isle of Arran on Tuesday, May 30.

John Smith, from Machrie, was last seen by a neighbour near to Machrie Golf Club, Machrie Bay, at around 6.10pm on Tuesday evening, and is understood to have been walking in an easterly direction.

He is described as white, 5ft 4, of slim build, with short grey hair, blue eyes and a fair complexion. He was last seen wearing a dark coloured jacket, dark trousers, a woolly hate and brown hiking boots.

Chief Inspector Brian Shaw said: “Mr Smith has now been missing for a week and we are becoming extremely concerned about his wellbeing.

“Extensive enquiries have been carried out on the island in an attempt to trace him and we have been conducting a rigorous land search over the past week which has involved specialist resources from Police Scotland working alongside Arran Mountain Rescue, RNLI, the RAF and the Coastguard, which has been absolutely vital given the scale of the search required.

"Unfortunately this search has not traced Mr Smith or provided any further information which would assist us in locating him.

“Mr Smith is believed to have been on his way to visit a friend in the Shiskine area of the island and we are working to establish whether he may have been picked up and given a lift by someone to another part of the island.

"I would appeal to anyone who was travelling on Machrie Road between 6pm and 7pm last Tuesday who may have seen Mr Smith, or offered him a lift, to please come forward.

“The local community have been very supportive of our search and we would continue to urge them to assist by checking gardens, sheds and other areas where Mr Smith may have sought refuge.

“Anyone with information on Mr Smith’s whereabouts is asked to please contact officers at Lamlash/Irvine Police Station via 101 and quote incident number 4049/30/05.”