Peter Rowell, a BBC Radio Bristol presenter, is missing and police have launched an urgent appeal to find the 52-year-old they describe as “vulnerable”.

BBC Radio Bristol presenter Rowell was reported missing yesterday after failing to turn up for work.

Police are particularly concerned as Rowell recently lost a close family member and is thought to be depressed.

Friends said Mr Rowell recently deleted his own Facebook and Twitter profiles.

Rowell left his home in Wickwar at 8.30am on Tuesday and parked his car at Morrisons supermarket in Yate. He has not been seen since.

Friends and colleagues have been unable to contact Rowell and police are now urgently appealing for anyone with information to come forward.

A BBC spokesman said: “Our main concern is for Peter’s welfare and we’ll provide all the support we can for his family.”

Yesterday a stand-in presenter played down the situation, telling viewers: “I’m sitting in today for Mr Rowell, as he’s a little bit poorly.”

A #helpfindpeter campaign has been launched on Facebook and Twitter.

If you have any information about Peter Rowell, contact the police on 845 456 7000.