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Vasile Belea, Tourist Lost In London For Three Days, Found 'Safe And Well'

18/01/2014 12:58 GMT | Updated 25/01/2014 21:01 GMT

A Romanian tourist who vanished after he got separated from his son on the Tube has been found safe and well.

Vasile Belea, 63, was last seen at Stockwell underground station in south London at around 10am on Tuesday, but was found in the Southall area of west London at around 10.45pm yesterday before being reunited with his family.

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Romanian tourist Vasile Belea, 63, has been found

"Everyone he met was very kind to him but they didn’t realise he was a missing person," his daughter-in-law, Olimpia Belea, told MailOnline.

"He approached police twice in the first day but they didn’t understand him and he gave up approaching them.

"He saw his picture in the Metro newspaper and managed to get to the police last night."

Mr Belea was travelling into central London with his son but they became separated on the north-bound platform when the younger man got on to a train, and the doors closed before his father could join him.

He speaks little English, was not carrying any medication for his arthritis, and had an iPhone but no SIM card.

Mr Belea, who had an Oyster card and some money when he went missing, had come to the UK to spend Christmas with his son.