Minister quizzed over search for missing Gosport sailor

Timmy MacColl pictured with one of his children
Timmy MacColl pictured with one of his children
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DEFENCE ministers have been quizzed on what is being done to find missing sailor Timmy MacColl.

The Leading Seaman, from Gosport, has now been missing for nine weeks after he failed to return to his ship when it was docked in Dubai.

The 27-year-old vanished after getting into a taxi outside a nightclub in the early hours of May 27.

Despite underwater searches around Port Rashid, Dubai detectives have been unable to piece together what happened to the father-of-two.

Jim McGovern is the Labour MP for Dundee West, where Mr MacColl’s uncle is based. Mr McGovern asked the Parliamentary Undersecretary of State for Defence Andrew Robathan: ‘Constable Colin MacColl of Tayside police came to my surgery last Friday.

‘He outlined how distressed and distraught his family are at the fact his nephew, LS Timmy MacColl, was last seen on May 27 in Dubai on shore leave from HMS Westminster.

‘Can the minister outline what has been done to try to locate LS MacColl and what will be done in future to alleviate my constituent’s concerns?’

Mr Robathan then told the House of Commons: ‘This is a sad case.

‘LS MacColl has disappeared.

‘The Royal Navy police made all efforts to find him in Dubai, but unfortunately the ship then sailed, as ships do.

‘We have no particular police presence in the country.

‘We are liaising with the Dubai police, who are leading on the case.

‘The Foreign Office is absolutely on the side of the Dubai police.’

Timmy’s wife Rachael, 25, from Gosport, is expecting their third child in October.