Police investigating disappearance of popular deputy head scale back search and say family "realistic about chances of a positive outcome".
The search for Durham deputy headteacher Mark Bushnell has shifted to a new location after reports he was spotted at a caravan park.
Mark Bushnell, deputy head teacher at Durham School was last seen on Sunday March 9. Concern is growing for him as police search
Police search Blackhall Rocks after a car belonging to a missing Durham School teacher was found.
Police are out searching for missing Durham School teacher, Mark Bushnell. They are looking in the Blackhall Rocks area, close to where his car was found.
Police are putting up posters and handing out leaflets as the search for missing Durham School teacher, Mark Bushnell, continues.
Police are continuing their search for missing Durham School deputy head teacher Mark Bushnell.
Searches have resumed around the picnic site at Blackhall Rocks, Peterlee and police say they will hand out leaflets and posters as the search continues.
Chief Inspector Andy Huddleston the search for missing teacher Mark Bushnell is a multi-agency operation.
Frances Read has the latest on the search for missing teacher Mark Bushnell.
Police are searching for a missing teacher from Durham.
50-year-old Mark Bushnell, who is deputy head of Durham School, was reported missing yesterday, Sunday 9 March.
Concern is growing for the welfare of a missing 50-year-old teacher from Durham.
Mark Bushnell, who is deputy head of Durham School, was reported missing yesterday, Sunday 9 March.
He was last seen at 11:30am that day as he left his home in Durham City, driving a grey Citeron C3.
His car was found this morning at a picnic site near Blackhall Rocks at Peterlee.
Mr Bushnell is described as a white, around 5ft 10” tall, of slim build with closely shaved grey hair. He was possibly wearing a checked shirt and brown or blue jeans.
Martin George, Head master of Durham School said: "Mark is a highly respected colleague and friend at Durham School, as deputy head he constantly works for the benefit of pupils.
He continued: "The whole school community is deeply concerned for his welfare and would urge him to contact his family as a matter of urgency. We would also ask any members of the public who may have seen Mark to contact police immediately"
Anyone with information on Mr Bushnell’s whereabouts or anyone who may have seen him is asked to contact police on 101.
Students in County Durham have welcomed a Royal visitor to their school. As part of a visit to the region, the Duke of York made the new North Durham Academy in Stanley his first stop.
Prince Andrew toured the school and its facilities before the official opening ceremony.
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