FRIENDS and family of a Wirral man who has not been seen since leaving for work on Sunday morning are appealing for him to come home.

John Ankers was last seen leaving his home in Sandfield Road, Upton, at around 10.15am before travelling to work.

The 28-year-old did not turn up at work and has not been seen or been in contact since. His disappearance has been described as out of character.

Speaking on behalf of John's wife Katrina, family friend Emma Coulson told the Globe this morning: "People are carrying on the search and we trying to spread the word of his disappearance as far as possible.

"Everyone loves John, he was a best friend to everyone he knew and would do anything to help.

"We're hoping he does come home. Even if it's the case that he does not want to come home, at least if he contacts Katrina to let her know he’s safe, that’s all we want."

Appealing to John, Emma said: "If John is reading this online or is keeping up with Facebook or Twitter, we want him to know that Katrina loves you and wants to know that you’re safe."

John is described as white, 5ft 8ins tall of medium build with short, straight dark brown hair.

He was last seen wearing a black jacket, white Ralph Lauren polo shirt, blue skinny fit jeans and black Van trainers with white soles.

John may have travelled to Birkenhead by bus on Sunday morning. He is also known to frequent the areas of Formby, Liverpool city centre, West Kirby, Heswall, Royden Park and Thurstaston beach.

Since it was launched yesterday, John's friends and family have left messages on the facebook page FindJohnAnkers.

Relative Rhonda Ankers posted: "For the sake of John’s family, please find him safe and well!"

Family friend Beverly Jayne Davis wrote: "Our hearts an thoughts are with you all x hope he's safe an well xx."

Friend Libbie Lewis added: "I hope he comes home safe and well to you all x"

Police are urging John, or anyone who has seen him since yesterday to contact police on 101. Alternatively, call the Missing People charity on 116 000.

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