MP lends support to family of missing sailor

Tim MacColl with one of his children
Tim MacColl with one of his children
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GOSPORT’S MP has thrown her support behind the family of missing sailor Timmy MacColl.

Caroline Dinenage has said she will raise awareness of the plight of the missing sailor, who was last seen 13 days ago.

Mr MacColl, a leading seaman from Gosport, was reported missing in Dubai after he did not arrive back on board his ship, HMS Westminster.

Ms Dinenage said she was keen to help out after her involvement in the Katrice Lee case.

Katrice Lee vanished from a German military base 30 years ago when she was two years old.

Ms Dinenage has been helping the Lee family who fear the Royal Military Police’s (RMP) initial investigation was mishandled.

The MP for Gosport said: ‘Mr MacColl’s family are left in a desperate situation of not knowing and you wouldn’t wish that on anybody.

‘My job is to do all I can to make sure that as many people know about the situation.

‘Given the experience we have had with the RMP over the Katrice Lee case it was something I was quite keen to get involved with.

‘With the Katrice Lee case the initial investigation didn’t happen very quickly and by the time they interviewed the relevant people weeks had passed, so I was very keen we got involved straight away in it.’

Ms Dinenage said she had been in contact with the Ministry of Defence, the Foreign and Commonwealth Office and the Chief Constable of Hampshire Constabulary, Alex Marshall.

Meanwhile in Dubai, people are taking to the streets to hand out posters in an attempt to trace Mr MacColl’s movements.

The 27-year-old was last seen by a shipmate getting into a taxi alone at around 2am on May 27.

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

The Portsmouth-based ship was forced to leave without him after he did not show up.

Mr MacColl, originally from Killin, in Scotland, is described as 5ft 8in, of a medium build, with short brown hair cropped with a flicked fringe.

He speaks with a broad Scottish accent.

He was wearing a red Moto GP T-shirt, dark-coloured long shorts, and white trainers.