Police in Denmark are searching for an Irish man who has been missing since the weekend.

Peter Burns, 29, was socialising with colleagues in central Aarhus on Saturday night and has not been seen since he left to walk home.

East Jutland Police issued a statement online confirming that Mr Burns, from Dunboyne, Co Meath had been reported missing on Sunday evening.

He left a bar in Jægergårdsgade between midnight and 1am and has not been seen since, the statement said.

He is described as being approximately 1.8m with short brown hair and a short beard.

When last seen he was wearing a black winter jacket, dark jeans and carried a backpack, the police said.

Police also asked businesses at Strøget and surrounding areas to check CCTV footage from that night.

A Department of Foreign Affairs spokesperson told RTÉ News: "The Department of Foreign Affairs is aware of the case and providing consular assistance."

Ian Daly, who worked with Mr Burns at Dunboyne Castle and Sidewalk Catering, described him as a chef who is "dedicated to his profession".

He said: "For Peter not to have turned up for work, that is the most worrying part. That is so out of character for him."

Mr Daly said that Mr Burns had been living in Denmark for almost two months and had just started a new job at a French bistro.

He and other friends have been making appeals on social media for any information that might help police in their investigation.