Minister ‘distressed’ by missing sailor case

Jim Booth lays a wreath on The Copp Memorial on Hayling Island in 2015 

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FOREIGN Office minister Alistair Burt said he is ‘distressed and puzzled’ by the mystery disappearance of a Gosport sailor in Dubai.

Father-of-two Timmy MacColl, 27, has been missing since getting into a taxi outside a Dubai nightclub in the early hours of May 27, following a night off from his duties with HMS Westminster.

His case was raised by Gosport MP Caroline Dinenage in the House of Commons yesterday as his pregnant wife Rachael, 25, prays for news of her husband’s whereabouts.

Mr Burt, who is the Foreign Office (FCO) minister for the Middle East, said: ‘Our consular team both in the FCO and in Dubai are aware of this case and have met with the family.

‘It is a most distressing and puzzling case and we are giving as much assistance to the investigation as possible.’

Detectives in Dubai have so far refused to comment on their investigation.

Bungling cops spent the first two weeks of their inquiries handing out a picture of someone else – despite being given numerous snaps of Timmy by the navy.