UPDATED: Helicopter and dog units searched over Barnstaple last night (Thursday) for missing man, who was found this morning.

The police helicopter spent several hours searching over Barnstaple for a missing man last night (Thursday).

Patrick Moss was last seen just after 10pm yesterday when he left his home in Crosslands, Barnstaple.

The search resumed this morning and he was found safe and well in Barnstaple this morning (Friday).

Residents in the Sticklepath, Roundswell and Bickington areas reported hearing the helicopter circling overhead.

Police thanked members of the public for their assistance.