Missing man with dementia survived night in ditch
An elderly man with dementia who went missing in Leicestershire survived overnight while lying in a ditch.
Eric Mayfield, 85, of Granby Drive, Bottesford, was last seen just after midnight on Friday and was reported missing that morning.
He was found by a member of the public lying beside a road near Bottesford on Saturday morning.
Mr Mayfield, who is now being treated in hospital, had been out in temperatures as low as -7C (19.4F).
Police said he had sustained an injury to the head but a search of the area showed no sign of a collision or assault.
Local farmer John Baggeley, who was one of the first on the scene, said: "I saw these flashing lights and the police helicopter.
"A cyclist had noticed this poor man at the bottom of the dyke and we loaded him into a vehicle.
"He had a big lump on his forehead but he had survived a night in the dyke - most surprising."