UPDATE: Police Scotland have now confirmed that David Mclean has been traced safe and well.

POLICE say they are becoming "increasingly concerned" for a man reported missing from Saltcoats.

Officers have now issues a public plea for assistance as they look to trace 62-year-old David McLean.

Mr McLean was was last seen in the Burns Avenue area of Saltcoats at around 1.20pm on Tuesday, December 5.

He is described as around six feet tall with long grey hair down to his chest. He also has a white beard.

When last seen he was wearing black joggers with white socks over them, white trainers, a black jacket, and may have a black rucksack with teal insert with him.

He is known to frequent the Three Towns area but also has links to Arran.

Police added that is is possible that he may try to hitchhike.

Inspector Claire Walker said: “We are becoming increasingly concerned for David's welfare and we are asking anyone with information regarding his whereabouts to come forward.

“Anyone with information can contact Police Scotland on 101, quoting incident number 1519 of December 5.”