Family of missing Gosport sailor praises ‘professionalism’ of Dubai police force

MISSING Timmy MacColl
MISSING Timmy MacColl
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THE pregnant wife of missing Gosport sailor Timmy MacColl and his mother have met with chief of police in Dubai as efforts continue to find the 27-year-old.

Relatives flew out to Dubai last week where they held a candlelit vigil on the beach to mark four weeks since Timmy disappeared during a visit with HMS Westminster.

During their stay in the city last weekend, Timmy’s 25-week pregnant wife Rachael, 25, and his mother Sheena MacColl, 49, met the head of the Dubai Police.

There had been some criticism of the force after it emerged detectives spent the first two weeks of their investigation handing out pictures of the wrong man.

But in a statement released yesterday, the family said: ‘What stood out from this precious get-together was that the resources, integrity and professionalism of the Dubai police has been what would be expected from a proud and honourable nation.

‘It is difficult to express in words our thanks to the police and other agencies in Dubai who have conducted a thorough and diligent investigation in which lines of inquiry have been identified and investigated with the utmost efficiency.

‘Rachael, Sheena and the family are fully supportive of the work conducted by the experienced investigators within the Dubai police.’

The dad-of-two vanished after getting into a taxi outside the Rock Bottom Cafe nightclub in the early hours of Sunday, May 27.

The family would not disclose what Dubai police told them during the meeting, but added: ‘One thing is clear at this time is that Timmy is still missing.’