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Lorry driver reports missing Dumfries mental health patient sighting

Missing man Image copyright Police Scotland
Image caption Police efforts to trace the missing patient are continuing

A patient missing from a mental health unit in Dumfries may have stowed away on a lorry bound for Scunthorpe.

Abdelnabi Alainani, 30, left the Midpark Hospital on Tuesday - sparking a major search operation.

He has been described as of Asian appearance, about 5ft 7in tall and thin with short, dark curly hair.

A driver who travelled from Dumfries saw a man matching the description climb out of his lorry in Scunthorpe on Wednesday.

A statement from Police Scotland said they were now following "positive lines of inquiry".

The public has been asked to remain vigilant and report any further sightings to police.

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