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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.

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Exclusive: Missing sailor's wife off to Dubai to find him

The wife of a missing sailor from Hampshire has left for Dubai in the hope of learning more about what' has happened to him.

Timmy MacColl, from Gosport, vanished while on shore leave in May last year. Shipmates said they put him in a taxi outside a bar and told the driver to take him to HMS Westminster - docked at nearby Port Rashid. He never arrived.

His wife, Rachel, is meeting detectives out there in the hope they have some answers. Just before she left, she spoke exclusively to Andrew Pate.

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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

Tower to light for missing Timmy

Timmy MacColl disappeared while on shore leave in Dubai.

Portmsouth's Spinnaker Tower will be lit yellow this weekend to raise awareness of the disappearance of Gosport sailor and father of two - Timmy MacColl.

Leading Seaman MacColl failed to return to his ship, HMS Westminster, in Dubai last month. The tower will turn yellow on Father's Day in the latest stage of the 'bring Timmy Home campaign'