Concerns grow for missing teacher

A 50-year-old teacher from Durham has not been seen since Sunday morning.

Mark Bushnell, deputy head of Durham School, was reported missing yesterday after having been last seen on Sunday 9 March.

Mark Bushnell. Credit: Durham Police.

He left home at 11:30am on Sunday, driving a grey Citeron C3, and his car was found yesterday morning at a picnic site near Blackhall Rocks at Peterlee, about a half hour drive from Durham.

Police said they are “growing increasingly concerned” for his safety. Mr Bushnell has been described by officers as white, around 5ft 10” tall and slim with closely shaved grey hair.

Mark Bushnell has worked at Durham School for over 20 years.

Martin George, Head master of Durham School, said “Mark is a highly respected colleague and friend at Durham School, as deputy head he constantly works for the benefit of pupils.

He said: “The whole school community is deeply concerned for his welfare and would urge him to contact his family as a matter of urgency. We would also ask any members of the public who may have seen Mark to contact police immediately”

Search parties have been sent out and anyone with information on Mr Bushnell’s whereabouts is asked to contact police on 101.