Urgent police appeal to find Yorkshire woman who has been missing for a week

Police have issued an appeal to find a woman who has gone missing, with friends and family saying it is 'out of character'.

UPDATED AT 3.30pm: Police have confirmed Rachel has been found safe and well in Bridlington.

North Yorkshire Police is appealing for the public's help in finding Rachel Clare Atkinson, 54, of Fetter Lane in York.

She was last seen at her home on May 19 and was reported missing on May 24. Officers' attempts to locate her have raised fears for her welfare, police said.

Rachel Clare Atkinson has been missing for a week

They believe she left home without her medication, mobile phone or bank card.

A statement from North Yorkshire Police said: "As part of our ongoing enquiries to locate her, we are carrying out house and neighbourhood searches, trawling CCTV, checking with hospitals and with trains, buses and taxi companies for any signs of Rachel.

"It is understood that she usually travels by train. British Transport Police is providing support.

"To assist the missing person investigation, we are also appealing to the public for any possible sightings during the past seven days or any information that could help us to find Rachel."

Anyone with information is asked to call 101 and quote reference number 12220089091. Anyone who sees Rachel is asked to calll 999 immediately.