Dubai police talk to taxi driver who picked up missing navy sailor

Timmy MacColl pictured with one of his children
Timmy MacColl pictured with one of his children
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NEW information has emerged about the last-known movements of the missing sailor Timmy MacColl who vanished in Dubai seven weeks ago.

The Gosport dad-of-two’s family yesterday revealed local detectives have spoken to the taxi driver who picked up the 27-year-old outside a nightclub at 2am on May 27.

It is claimed the driver told Dubai police he got lost inside Port Rashid, where Timmy’s warship HMS Westminster was docked during a break from patrolling the Gulf.

‘When he stopped at a tea shack to get directions Timmy got out the cab,’ his relatives said in a statement.

It is currently unknown where Timmy – whose wife Rachael, 25, is 30 weeks pregnant – went next.

The family said they were given the information during a meeting with the Dubai police chief Lt General Dahi Khalfan al Tamim when they travelled to the country.

Lt Geb al Tamin also showed relatives CCTV footage of the sailor outside the Rock Bottom club before two shipmates put him into the taxi.

Timmy’s uncle Colin MacColl, 52, said: ‘After the meeting with the police in Dubai everybody was at their lowest point emotionally.

‘But we were taken out to the port that night and saw for ourselves how it was almost impossible for anybody to get to the water’s edge.’

Royal Navy divers from the minehunters HMS Middleton and HMS Pembroke conducted searches in Port Rashid earlier this month following a request for help from Dubai police.

A navy spokesman told The News ‘nothing significant’ was found.

Mr MacColl added: ‘The fact that the searches have failed to find anything just raises more questions about what has happened to Timothy.

‘We are urging anybody who knows anything no matter how small to contact Dubai Police.’

Detectives continue to investigate Timmy’s whereabouts and were said to have re-interviewed witnesses.

Sailors from HMS Westminster have also been quizzed again and their statements handed to Dubai officers, Timmy’s family said.

The warship is due to return to Portsmouth Naval Base next month.

The renewed appeal came after Timmy’s relatives travelled to his hometown in Scotland at the weekend and visited the old frigate HMS Unicorn in Dundee.

A photo of the missing sailor, surrounded by yellow ribbon, and a poster are on display at the tourist attraction.