Missing grandad who sparked nationwide search found in Wetherspoons
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A man who went missing for a week has been found safe and sound in a Wetherspoons not too far from home.
Ronald Webster's family were worried sick when he went missing from his home in Oldham after last being seen "pottering around in his garden".
The 81-year-old hopped on a bus towards Huddersfield and was last seen on 14 September.
Ronald's family were heartbroken to hear that he'd ventured out without any medication or even taking his mobile phone. In fact, he'd taken nothing with him apart from the clothes on his back.
Thankfully, he was found a week later at a local Wetherspoons with a pint in hand. But that's not to say he'd not been on an adventure first.
Ronald's family were distraught and had a torturous week as they tried their best to find him. They said in a statement: "He has no reason to have just upped and left, the date has no significance and he has no friends or relatives that he is trying to get to.
"We are all worried sick, we just want to know he's safe and well. It's out of character for him to leave and not come home. His coat isn't very thick and it doesn't have a hood. His wife, my grandma, is heartbroken. She hasn't slept since he left, she just wants her husband home safe."
Ronald's granddaughter, Paige Tattersall, has been sharing regular updates on social media, with her post confirming that he'd been found and was returning home getting over 2000 likes.
She told YorkshireLive: "He was in bloody Wetherspoons in Manchester drinking a pint [before] coming home. He got the train from Huddersfield to Scarborough to Bridlington like we thought.
"He's absolutely fine he was just scared of going back to my gran, I think. He knows he's in trouble!"
Paige added: "We are absolutely elated. To get that phone call that they have found him safe and well will never ever be compared. And then to be able to reunited him with grandma. We can all sleep tonight knowing he's home safe where he belongs."
It seems Ronald just wanted to spend some time at the seaside.
Detective Chief Inspector Matthew Walker, of GMP's Oldham district, said: "This is the result we are always hoping for when we open investigations into missing persons.
"We are all relieved that Ronald is safe and well and that he has been reunited with his loved ones, who were understandably incredibly concerned."