A SERIOUSLY ill man who was discovered wandering the streets of Warsaw has been detained in a psychiatric hospital in Poland.

Matthew Evans, from Tonge Moor, suffers from the advanced stages of Huntington's disease, a genetic condition that damages nerve cells and leads to dementia.

He travelled alone to Poland earlier this month.

Just hours after arriving in the country's capital city, he was found wandering the streets and taken to hospital.

Mr Evans, aged 49, discharged himself three days later and vanished on his way to the airport to fly home.

The authorities have now found him and admitted him to a hospital until he is well enough to return home, or can be collected by representatives from British social services.

His worried brother Paul, who lives in Devon, has been kept informed of the developments by the Foreign Office and plans to visit Mr Evans as soon as it can be arranged.

He said: "I feel so relieved that he's been found and is now being cared for somewhere safe and secure. The social services in Poland have been amazing and have really done all they can for Matthew, which is a big weight of my mind. I'm just looking forward to seeing him again."

Mr Evans, a former salesman, who travelled the world with his job, lacks co-ordination and cannot walk far as he has poor balance, which has been caused by his condition.

His mother died from the disease, his older brother committed suicide when he was diagnosed with the illness and his sister is being cared for in a nursing home in Devon after developing the condition.