John Noakes, 81, found safe and well

John Noakes
John Noakes

MISSING FORMER Blue Peter presenter John Noakes has been found near his home in Majorca after going missing for 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 is 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.

John Noakes

John Noakes

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.”

He joined Blue Peter in 1965 and stayed for 12 years. He became known as the series’ “action man”, performing stunts, but retired to a quieter life of sailing around the Mediterranean.

John Noakes

John Noakes

Peter Purves, Lesley Judd, Valerie Singleton and John Noakes with his dog Shep'

Peter Purves, Lesley Judd, Valerie Singleton and John Noakes with his dog Shep'

John Noakes

John Noakes

Peter Purves, Valerie Singleton and John Noakes in the Blue Peter studio with Jason, Petra, Patch and Barney, 1969

Peter Purves, Valerie Singleton and John Noakes in the Blue Peter studio with Jason, Petra, Patch and Barney, 1969