A Yateley man who has been missing for almost a week has been described as “hard working”, “conscientious” and “sociable” by a former colleague.

Andrew Chalkley from Goldcrest Close was last seen by a neighbour in his road at around 11.45am on Tuesday (April 22).

The 50-year-old was reported missing to police later that evening due to concerns for his poor health.

Julie Hoatson, from Farnborough, worked with Mr Chalkley for six years at Farnborough Airport, until he left in 2009.

“He was a good guy,” said Mrs Hoatson. “He was very hard working, conscientious and reliable. He was not one of those guys that took sick days off.

“He was a very likable member of the team. He was sociable, he went to parties and birthday parties.

“He was devoted to his wife Heather and daughter Emily."

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

Mrs Hoatson, who still works at Farnborough Airport, described the news that he was missing as “shocking”.

“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.

“When I last saw him, nothing suggested he would do such a thing.

“I hate to think what his wife and daughter are going through.”

Mrs Hoatson has shared the police appeal on the social networking site Facebook in hope that someone may spot her former colleague.

She said: “We are just trying to do what we can.”

Mr Chalkley left his home last week without any cash or banks cards and there is great concern for his welfare.

It is believed he would not have travelled far and attempts to locate him are being focused in the local area.

Mr Chalkley is described as a white man, of medium build, 6ft 1in tall, and with short black but greying hair. It is possible that he is wearing slippers rather than shoes.

He suffers with swollen feet and shortness of breath and therefore it is likely he will have been seen stopping in order to help his breathing if he is walking

Acting detective inspector Paula James said: “I would urge the public to get in touch if they think they may have seen Andrew as any possible sightings could be vital in our search to locate him.”

Anyone who may have seen Mr Chalkley is asked to contact the police by calling 101.