POLICE launched a huge search after a seven-year-old boy went missing from his home.

The youngster disappered from Huntroyde Avenue in Tonge Moor at around 11am this morning.

The boy, called Tom, was found safe and well in Little Lever this afternoon.

He disappeared from the Entwistle Street/Ainsworth Lane area.

The police helicopter was called out to assist the search.

Police are used social media to spread the word, and the alert has seen hundreds of retweets on Twitter.