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Missing former Blue Peter presenter John Noakes found in Majorca storm drain

By Dominic Harris

Missing former Blue Peter presenter John Noakes has been found near his home in Majorca after more than eight hours.

The 81-year-old, who suffers from Alzheimer's disease, was found in a storm drain about one kilometre from his home, his wife Vicky said.

Mr Noakes, who was Blue Peter's longest-serving presenter, was taken to hospital in the city of Palma.

Mrs Noakes said police had told her he did not appear to have any life-threatening injuries.

Police in Andratx on the south west of the Mediterranean island were alerted to his disappearance at around 8am, on what has been Spain's hottest day so far this year.

Officers were joined in their searches by friends of the couple and local residents, and Mr Noakes was eventually discovered in an overgrown culvert less than a mile from their home at around 7pm, 6pm British time.

Mrs Noakes, who was on her way to the hospital to be reunited with her husband, said: "I don't know exactly what state he is in, but the Guardia said that as far as they could see there were no life-threatening injuries.

"They are taking him by helicopter to the main hospital in Palma.

"He has been out in the sun for at least eight hours, so I guess he is probably dehydrated."

A statement on the town of Andratx's Facebook page said Mr Noakes was in a stable condition in hospital.

Mr Noakes presented the BBC children's show for 12 years, from 1966 to 1978.

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