A man who was missing from Sanquhar has been found safe and well, thanks to no small part from his local communities.

Ian Bonnar was reported missing yesterday (November 30) after not returning from a walk with his dogs.

He was last seen around 11.15am heading towards Crawick to walk his dogs after leaving his home in Queens Crescent.

People from Sanquhar, Kelloholm, Kirkconnel, Thornhill and even Dumfries set out last night to find Ian, and thankfully the hard work paid off.

Police confirmed this morning that the 69-year-old had been traced safe and well, with his two trusty dogs by his side.

Cumnock Chronicle: Ian's Jack Russell ‘Lola’ and brown Staffordshire cross ‘Dollar’ were found by his side. (Image: Dumfries Galloway Police Division)Ian's Jack Russell ‘Lola’ and brown Staffordshire cross ‘Dollar’ were found by his side. (Image: Dumfries Galloway Police Division) (Image: Dumfries Galloway Police Division)

A team from Moffat mountain Rescue Team also assisted in searching for Ian.

They were called out at around 4.45pm yesterday afternoon, with 14 volunteer members joined by Galloway Mountain Rescue Team, a Drone from the Search & Rescue Aerial Association - Scotland, Scottish Fire and Rescue Service, Dumfries Galloway Police Division, as well as the trusted natives.

A local farmer spotted Ian and his dogs on farmland last night.

Moffat Mountain Rescue Team said that "The team dispatched the teams casualty carers and paramedic to the location where the casualty was assessed.

"More team members brought medical equipment and a specialist mountain rescue stretcher to the scene. Once safely packaged the gentleman was evacuated by the team to waiting Scottish Ambulance Service.

"The team is run entirely by volunteers and is funded mostly by public donations if you think you may be able to help the work of the team please visit our just giving page www.justgiving.com/mmrt".

A thankful Sanquhar Community Council spokesperson also passed on their thanks to those who helped in the efforts.

They said: "Sanquhar Community Council would like to thank everyone who came to the town hall and volunteered to search for Ian, we had over 100 people from Sanquhar, Kelloholm and Kirkconnel who took part in the search, we have a great community spirit in Upper Nithsdale.

"We have learnt a lot and will now put in place a plan for such emergencies if it is need in the future.

"The community council have already spoken with Moffat Hill Rescue and we will draw up a procedure and get funding for maps, good torches, high viz waistcoats etc.

"Thanks to the girls in the town hall who noted mobile numbers, noted areas being searched etc you did us all proud. Thanks to the town hall for opening the hall, tea, coffee. Thanks to the people who provided hot soup and sausage rolls.

"A great big thank to all who carried out a thorough search of the area."