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Ex-footballer Carlisle found after appeal is made to public

By Eleanor Barlow

Former footballer Clarke Carlisle has been found safe, police said.

Lancashire Police said the former Burnley player was found in Liverpool and thanked the public for sharing a missing persons appeal.

The force tweeted: "Great news folks. Clarke Carlisle has been found safe in Liverpool. Thanks to everyone who shared our appeal."

The 37-year-old had last been seen by a family member in Preston on Thursday afternoon, sparking concern.

The former Professional Footballers' Association chairman, who made more than 500 appearances for nine clubs during his career, has a history of mental illness.

He launched a mental health charity called the Clarke Carlisle Foundation for Dual Diagnosis - a condition that has been described as "mental health problems co-occurring with drug or alcohol misuse".

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