Former colleagues of a missing Yateley man are “shocked” he has not been found after police launched an appeal more than two weeks ago.

Officers continue to investigate the whereabouts of Andrew Chalkley, who was last seen outside his home in Goldcrest Close on April 22.

Karly Shipley used to work with the 50-year-old at Avialogistics aviation cleaning services at Farnborough Airport, until he left in 2009.

She said: “Andy is a lovely man he was very helpful towards all the staff at Avialogistics when he was here.

“I only knew him for a few years but in that time he was always very hard working, he got on well with his team mates and it has shocked us all he is still missing.

“From all off us at Avialogistics we hope he is found soon and our thoughts are with Andy’s family.”

Mr Chalkley worked in the aircraft cleaning department at the airport between 2002 and 2009.

Fellow colleague Julie Hoatson described him as a devoted family man.

“It was not something we thought he would do,” Mrs Hoatson said. “It is so out of the blue and it has shocked all of us.”

An exhaustive and extensive search to find Mr Chalkley was carried out by teams of specialist officers, along with police dogs, the police helicopter and volunteers from Hampshire Search and Rescue.

This search has concluded but efforts to trace Mr Chalkley continue and enquiries are being led by senior detectives.

Inspector Chris White, responsible for policing in Hart, said:  “We are continuing our efforts to trace Andrew and would encourage local residents to recheck their gardens and outbuildings for any sign of him.

“Please also stay vigilant while you are out and about and report any possible sightings to the police as soon as possible.

“We continue to work closely with Andrew’s family who have a designated point of contact available to them during this difficult time to keep them updated on the investigation.”

Mr Chalkley is a white man, of medium build, about 6ft tall, and he has short black and greying hair. He suffers with swollen feet and shortness of breath and therefore is likely he will have been seen stopping in order to assist with his breathing if he is walking.

Anyone with information about Mr Chalkley’s whereabouts is asked to contact the police by calling 101.