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Police concerned for welfare of man who left hospital

Credit: Avon & Somerset Police

Police are appealing for the public’s help to find a man whose welfare they're concerned about.

The man approached staff at the Bristol Royal Infirmary and told them he was called ‘George’.

He left the hospital at 6.25am on Saturday 23 September in the direction of St Michael’s Hill and police want to make sure he is safe and well.

He is believed to be in his early 20s, between 5ft 11ins and 6ft tall with short brown hair.

He's likely to be wearing the clothing in the CCTV image we’re releasing - jeans, a dark coloured t-shirt with large white graphic or picture on the front and a dark coloured hooded top.

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