Police are appealing for public assistance to help locate a man missing north of Newcastle.

Gavin McDermott, aged 47, was last seen on Macrae Crescent, East Maitland last Wednesday (9 October 2019).

His family hold serious concerns for his welfare, they believe his behaviour is out of character.

He is described as being of Caucasian appearance, thin build, about 180cm tall with brown hair and brown eyes.

It is believed he could be driving a white 2008 Toyota Prado diesel station wagon with NSW registration CEQ 39Y.

Anyone who sees Gavin or has information on his whereabouts is strongly urged to contact Maitland Police Station immediately on 02 4934 0200 or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or