POLICE and soldiers have today stepped up a major operation to search for a missing Hampshire pensioner.

Concerns are growing for Terrence Gallop who vanished from a care home in Marchwood at 6.15pm last night.

A major search is continuing today after 40 police officers supported by eight soldiers scoured the area overnight for the vulnerable pensioner.

There is a large police presence in the Hythe and Marchwood areas today.

Mr Gallop - who has dementia - is 6ft 2ins tall, of large build and was last seen wearing glasses, a blue jumper with a shirt underneath, dark trousers and brown Velcro shoes.

He has connections in the Totton, Winchester and the Isle of Wight.

Anyone who sees him or knows his whereabouts should contact police on 101 or online at Hampshire.police.uk They can also call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Minicom users should call 01962 875000.