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Missing sailor: Wife's appeal

The wife of a sailor who has been missing for a year after he disappeared while on shore leave in Dubai has made a new appeal for information.

Timmy MacColl, from Gosport, was last seen in a taxi heading for HMS Westminster, but he never arrived.

His wife Rachael says a new witness has come forward who saw Timmy walking away from the ship.

She told ITV News she was hoping a new appeal will help find out what happened to the father of three.

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New lead in missing sailor mystery

Timmy MacColl and his wife Rachel Credit: ITV Meridian

It's exactly a year since a Gosport sailor went missing while on shore leave in Dubai and his family say they have a new lead.

Timmy MacColl was last seen in a taxi heading for HMS Westminster, but he never arrived. His wife Rachel says a new witness has come forward who saw Timmy walking away from the ship.

QE2 will not return to the UK

The Queen Elizabeth 2 will be turned into a luxury hotel Credit: ITV News Meridian

Plans to bring back the QE2 to the UK and birth her on the Thames in London will not go ahead according to her owners in Dubai. She was bought by the Dubai Government in 2007 and was to have become a hotel and conference centre but the plans fell through because of the economic crisis.

QE2 was for forty years one of the most iconic ship on the sea and based in Southampton.

Now under a proposal announced earlier this year the liner will sail to Singapore where she will be converted into a 500-room floating hotel.

British investors last week claimed that negotiations were ongoing to strike a last minute deal with its Dubai owners, which would see the QE2 moored on the banks of the Thames.

The company managing the Asia plan for the ship, which is currently undergoing renovation in Dubai, denied that the ship could end up in London, and said that its own project remained on schedule. The ship is expected to make her last ever sailing from Dubai in September.

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Racheal MacColl: "I am unable to move on"

Being a military wife you know that knock on the door is a possibility but you never think it will be you. When the knock came I collapsed for I was told that my husband wasn't dead or injured but missing.

My head couldn't understand what they meant. For the last 5 months I have been 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 again.

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.

– Rachael MacColl, wife of missing sailor Timmy MacColl

Rachael MacColl: "My baby doesn't know her father"

The wife of missing sailor Timmy MacColl has told a press conference that her husband was "not just a sailor, he's an adoring father, son and uncle".

Since Timmy went missing on May 27th, Rachel has given birth to the couple's third child, a baby girl called Eriskay.

In a statement Mrs MacColl spoke of her pain that her husband has not seen Eriskay, and that he is not around to see his other two children Cameron and Skye grow up.

He was so excited about our baby coming and I had sent him loads of bump photos. In a statement given by a friend on the night he went missing it was clear to all how much he loves his children - as he was happily showing everyone pictures of the kids and the baby's scan photos.

The one thing that pains me the most is that he's not here for them. Growing up with out a father meant Timmy put everything into being a great daddy and he would be heartbroken that he hasn't been with them the last few months.

– Rachael MacColl, wife of missing sailor Timmy MacColl
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