'Missing' Northumberland hotel guest man search called off

Rescue helicopter Image copyright RAF Boulmer
Image caption The search lasted two days but has since been cancelled in light of new information

The search for a man reported missing from a Northumberland hotel has been called off after it emerged he gave a false name and information.

He had checked into the Black Bull in Wooler under a fake name, was thought to be from Penrith, Cumbria, and stayed for two nights.

On Thursday he said was going cycling on the Cheviots but failed to return.

Northumbria Police is now treating his disappearance as a deliberate act and is attempting to trace him.

The search operation, much of it taking place in gale-force winds, involved mountain rescue volunteers, police, and an RAF helicopter for two days.

A Northumbria Police spokesman said: "Hotel staff made the report in good faith and police are carrying out inquiries to identify the man and speak to him about the incident."

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