POLICE spent over 10,000 hours looking for people reported missing in Inverclyde in a matter of months.

From April to November last year, 139 missing person reports were recorded in the district, up marginally on the same period in 2022.

All of the individuals reported missing were traced alive, with over 91 per cent being located within two days.

Looked after and accommodated children featured in over a third of missing person cases, with incidents involving them rising by over three times.

Police chiefs say that repeat missing persons are 'an issue of concern particularly in relation to looked after and accommodated children'.

In the reporting period of April-November 2023 no fewer than 11,000 officer hours were spent investigating missing person cases in the area.