POLICE are trying to trace a 91-year-old woman who has gone missing and may be heading towards her previous home in the North-East.

Anna Stewart used to live in Skelton, Teesside, for many years but since December last year her home has been in the village of Seaton Ross, near York.

She was reported missing early today, February 12, and was last seen walking to get a bus, in the direction of Bielby, at about 6.30am.

A number of searches are currently being carried out across the East Riding, North Yorkshire and Cleveland and police are particularly concerned because of her health, age and vulnerability.

Officers believe that Mrs Stewart may have taken some form of public transport in an attempt to get to Skelton where she had previously lived for more than 60 years.

Inspector David Braysmith said: “I would like anyone working on the transport network - buses, trains or taxi firms - who think they may have seen her to ring the police.

“Even though Mrs Stewart is in relatively good health, she has been diagnosed with the early stages of dementia and her family are anxious to know her whereabouts and know she is safe and well.”

Mrs STEWART is described as a white woman, around 5ft 3 ins tall and of a slim build. She has grey short curly hair, and was last seen wearing a purple waterproof jacket, a royal blue jumper, a red and blue waistcoat, blue trousers and black ankle boots with Velcro fastening, carrying a brown shopping bag.

Anyone who may know of her whereabouts is asked to call Humberside Police on 101.