Police are to investigate reported new sightings in Bangkok of missing businessman Sajid Saddique.

The witness said he saw the father-of-three living rough in the city and spoke to him on several occasions.

He said he was dressed in westernised clothes, spoke with a broad northern accent and said he was from Bradford.

The witness, a former Bradford man who does not want to be identified, met the man last Christmas but only realised who he was when he saw his photo recently on the Telegraph & Argus website.

He said: "At first I couldn't place the man in the picture, then I realised it was the man my cousin and I had seen in Bangkok last Christmas. I am sure it was the same bloke.

"We were staying at the Royal Ivory Hotel in the Sukhumvit area of the city. One day we came out of the hotel and turned right towards the main bars and clubs.

"He was sleeping rough there and he came up to us. He told us he was from Bradford. He asked if we could spare him some money and wanted to come back to the hotel for a shower, but we refused.

"He was wearing English clothes, like jeans, which is why we noticed him. But he had stubble and was living like a tramp and he looked as if someone had given him a good hiding.

"We saw him on at least five occasions. He was living rough and had no money but he said he was loving it out there."

Sajid, 33, went missing on Valentine's Day last year. He left his home in Heaton, where he lived with his wife, Asma, and their three children, to go to the bank and to a business meeting in Shipley, but did not return.

His gold-coloured Volkswagen Bora was found by police later the same day in the Asda supermarket car park in Manor Road, Shipley, and detectives feared he might have been abducted from the car park.

Sajid ran a car dealership, Sandy Lane Motors, with his brothers, and officers looked into his business dealings. In the days after his disappearance police searched farmhouses in Clayton and Low Moor. No trace of him was found, but there have been a number of reported sightings of him in Pakistan last year.

West Yorkshire Police said they would investigate the new reports.

A spokesman said: "Police inquiries are ongoing, but Sajid, or anyone who thinks that they have seen Sajid, or knows of his whereabouts, is asked to contact the police at Bradford on (01274) 373700."

By Steve Wright