A family are offering a “substantial” cash reward for the return of their lost dog Teddy.

The shar pei/labrador cross went missing near the Barrow Marsh Caravan Site, in Goldhanger Road, Heybridge on Sunday while being walked by a family member.

Mikey Key, of Colchester, owned Teddy before moving to a flat and giving the dog to his mother Siobham Gilbert, of Francis Way, Silver End, Witham.

He said: “He is good as gold when my mum lets him off the lead but he was being walked by my step-brother and just darted off.

“It’s like he’s vanished off the face of the earth.

“He is quite distinctive looking as he has a curly tail, blue tongue and wrinkles.

“He is very much a family dog and everyone loves him and is missing him.

“It’s devastating to have lost him.”

The family is offering a cash reward on Teddy’s return and have reported him as missing to local vets, Essex Police.

He is also microchipped.

Anyone with information is asked to call 07710462378 or 07446323473 or visit the Find Teddy Facebook page at facebook.com/groups/1510749492480635/