Uncle of missing sailor flies to Dubai in search

MISSING Timmy MacColl
MISSING Timmy MacColl
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THE uncle of missing Gosport sailor Timmy MacColl has flown to Dubai to help with the search.

Neil Cunningham spent the weekend in the United Arab Emirates to speak to people in the area where his nephew was last seen.

Mr Cunningham, a policeman, handed out leaflets in English, Arabic and Urdu to passers-by and spoke to taxi drivers.

It has now been more than two weeks since Mr MacColl, 27, was reported missing in Dubai after he did not return to his ship, HMS Westminster.

Mr Cunningham has been posting messages on Facebook. A message on Saturday said: ‘I had a productive day, meeting kind expats in Dubai and looking at locations where Timmy was last seen.’

Mr MacColl was last seen by a shipmate getting into a taxi alone at 2am on May 27.

He had left the Rock Bottom Bar at the Regent Hotel in Deira, about a 15-minute drive from Port Rashid, where HMS Westminster was docked.

His wife Rachael, who is pregnant with their third child, posted an update yesterday on bringtimmyhome.co.uk saying that Mr Cunningham had established Timmy had been given a red T-shirt from a Ducati cafe which is probably what he was wearing when he went missing. He bought toy motorcycles for his children.

Rachael wrote: ‘The children are aware of what’s happening and it has hit them hard.’