Police are appealing for information to trace a missing Gateshead schoolboy.
At around 9.15am this morning police received a report that nine-year-old Josh Dinning had gone missing from his home on Meadow Lane in Dunston.
Josh was last seen the previous evening when he went to bed at around 9.30pm.
However when his parents went to get him up for school in the morning he was not there and he has not turned up at his school in Dunston.
Police believe has Josh has left his home during the night and enquiries are now ongoing to locate him and bring him home to hiis family.
Officers are on patrol across the area to carry out enquiries to locate him so residents in the area may see a lot of police activity.
He is described as white, around 4ft tall, of slim build and with short ash blond hair flicked to one side.
It is believed he would be wearing a green school uniform with grey trousers
Police are appealing for anyone who sees Josh to get in touch with officers by calling 101 and quoting log 198 04/04/17.