SEARCH UNDERWAY FOR MISSING PORT STEPHENS MAN

Police and the SES have launched a large-scale search for missing Port Stephens man Allan Bentley this morning.

They’ve set up a command post and are scouring bushland near Pindimar, after the 63-year-old disappeared last Monday in the Tea Gardens area.

The alert was raised when Mr Bentley didn’t show up for appointments or his regular lawn bowls game at Hexham that day.

Police are also looking for his white combo van, with registration UQG 146.

We’ll have more in NBN News tonight at six.