POLICE are launching a fresh appeal for information as concern continues to grow for a man who has been missing for eight months.

Preston man Steven Durand, 31, was spotted on October 19 in Chorley before travelling to Little Hulton, Swinton and Salford were he was last seen the following day.

Despite several appeals for information, police have not been able to track down Mr Durand and his mother Christine Durand is asking anyone who may have seen him to come forward.

She said: “Steven suffers from mental health issues but is a very kind soul and will talk to anyone.

"I’d ask that people think back to those dates in October and have a really good think if they were in the Chorley or Manchester areas.

"Did you see my son or even have a conversation with him? Steven has been gone for eight months now and my one plea is that people don’t forget about him.

"Every month that passes is another without my son and another month of pain and worry.”

Steven is described as mixed race, 5ft 10in tall, of stocky build with cropped dark hair.

He is mixed-race and walks with a noticeable limp due to having cerebral palsy.

Police have advised that he has links to the Preston and Chorley areas.

DC Jon Quinn of Preston Police added: “Steven’s disappearance is of great concern for us and we are doing all we can to find him but we need the public’s help.

"Somebody must know something and I’d urge anyone with information, no matter how small or insignificant they think it is, to make contact with us today.”

Greater Manchester Police officers are working with Lancashire Constabulary in the search for Mr Durand and the force has circulated images on social media showing the man wearing a black jacket and grey jogging pants.

There is also CCTV footage available which shows the missing man walking through a Bargain Booze store in Salford which was one of the last places he was seen.

Anyone with information can contact police on 101 quoting log 0820 of October 28 or use the Live Chat feature on www.gmp.police.uk.

Alternatively, independent charity Crimestoppers can be contacted anonymously on 0800 555 111.