THE family of missing sailor Timmy MacColl met with a government minister ahead of their visit to Dubai.
LS MacColl’s wife, Rachael MacColl, 26, met with Alistair Burt, the parliamentary under secretary of state at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office on Thursday with Gosport MP Caroline Dinenage.
Ms Dinenage said that at the meeting in London the family had the chance to meet the minister and prepare for when they meet detectives in Dubai. That includes making sure interpreters are available on the visit.
Mrs MacColl was also able to update the FCO and raise any concerns about the investigation so far.
Gosport-based Leading Seaman MacColl was last seen by a shipmate from HMS Westminster getting into a taxi outside a Dubai nightclub in May last year.
Ms Dinenage said: ‘It was to make sure the minister’s office were fully up to speed and had everything ready for the family when they go there.
‘The difficulties are that as this happened overseas, primacy is with Dubai police so there are diplomatic channels to go through.
‘The meeting gave the family a chance to raise any concerns they had about any issues so far.
‘There are a few concerns that the minister and I will be following up as there are a few things the family feel haven’t been done appropriately.’
The family will travel to Dubai with Royal Navy Police and meet consular staff at the British Embassy along with detectives working on the investigation into LS MacColl’s disappearance.
Ms Dinenage said: ‘Making sure the family feel supported is my absolute number one priority.
‘The family have shown incredible strength and unity through a time of terrible adversity and a really tragic situation, especially as Rachael was pregnant with her little girl.
‘Hopefully I can do everything I can to support them.’
It comes after Mrs MacColl made a renewed plea for witnesses or anyone with information to come forward last year.