Family of Aelfred Morris very concerned after he fails to arrive at grandmother's house ...

Sussex Police have issued a missing person appeal in relation to a 27-year-old male cyclist who suffers from depression and has not been seen since setting off from Worthing on his bike to visit his grandmother in Felpham, near Bognor, yesterday.

Aelfred Morris, known as Aelfi, is 6 foot 3 inches tall and described as being of slim build. His disappearance is said by police to be out of character.

Inspector Steve Rayland said: “We and his family are increasingly concerned as Aelfred suffers from depression and has not been out of touch with his family for so long.”

The cyclist set off yesterday on his blue mountain bike to ride from Worthing to Felpham, where his grandmother lives, a distance of around 12 miles.

Aelfred, who has short, dark hair and a beard, was wearing a cream-coloured hooded top and jeans, and was carrying a blue rucksack. He lives in Bognor.

Inspector Rayland continued: "Dedicated search teams and volunteers from the Lowland Search and Rescue Team are searching Eartham Woods near Slindon where Aelfred has recently been.  He also has links to Middleton-on-Sea.”

Anyone who has seen Aelfred or has information regarding his whereabouts should call Sussex Police on 101.

Born in Scotland, Simon moved to London aged seven and now lives in the Oxfordshire Cotswolds with his miniature schnauzer, Elodie. He fell in love with cycling one Saturday morning in 1994 while living in Italy when Milan-San Remo went past his front door. A daily cycle commuter in London back before riding to work started to boom, he's been news editor at road.cc since 2009. Handily for work, he speaks French and Italian. He doesn't get to ride his Colnago as often as he'd like, and freely admits he's much more adept at cooking than fettling with bikes.