Missing man Jonathan Ansell found in Australia

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A backpacker from Edinburgh who was reported missing while travelling in Australia has been found safe and well in Melbourne.

Fears were growing for the well-being of former Capital chef Jonathan Ansell, whose Glasgow-based relatives had not heard from him since April 23.

The 27-year-old had made a short phonecall to say that he had lost his passport, run out of money and was living on the streets before the line went dead.

He was officially reported missing on Monday, and his mum Judith Ansell made a tearful appeal on Australian television earlier this week.

But it has emerged this afternoon that Mr Ansell has been found safe in the centre of Melbourne.

Mr Ansell had worked at the Honours restaurant on Edinburgh’s North Castle Street for around two years before he went travelling last April.

His cousin Kirsten Ferguson told the News today: “We found him in the centre of Melbourne, he’s in good health as well thank goodness. We’re just looking forward to getting back to normal.

“We are relieved that he’s found and safe now.”