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An emotional appeal was made today for help in finding missing sailor Timmy MacColl - six months on from his disappearance in Dubai.

At a press conference at HMS Excellent on Whale Island, his wife Rachael pleaded to any witnesses to come forward.

Timmy MacColl and his wife Rachael

Timmy MacColl and his wife Rachael

Reading a prepared statement the young mother-of-three spoke of her fear that her children would grow up without their father.

She said: ‘For the last five months I have sat at home unable to give up hope, unable to move forward, unable to grieve and constantly dreading the fact that the knock on the door might or might not ever come.

‘So, today is so important to all of Timmy’s family because we want his face to be seen by everybody in the hope they may remember something that will lead to bringing Timmy home.

‘If you have any information, however small, please get in contact.’

The 27-year-old, from Gosport, was last seen in the early hours of Sunday, May 27 this year when he was on a run ashore from Portsmouth-based HMS Westminster.

He entered a taxi alone outside a nightclub for the short journey back to his ship, berthed in Port Rashid, but never arrived on board. He’s not been seen since.

Timmy’s wife also spoke of her frustration in trying to get any information from the Dubai police.

She said there had been a ‘communications breakdown’ which had hampered the investigation and prevented her from finding out any details of what was happening.

She added that the Dubai police had provided ‘absolutely nothing’ in the way of evidence to the Royal Navy or Timmy’s family.

The Dubai police can be called on 00971 4229 2222 and Hampshire police are available on 0845 0454545.