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Members of the public organising search for missing Peterhead man

Wednesday August 14th 2019 at 4:25 PM


Members of the public are organising a group search in Peterhead tonight in an effort to find missing man Ruairidh Sandison.

The hunt will focus around Gadle Braes, where the 24-year-old was last seen at around 4am in the early hours of Saturday morning, with CCTV footage showing he was still in the area around an hour later.

Details of the search have been shared on the recently formed “Missing Persons – Ruarish Sandison” Facebook page.

A post on the page said: “There will be a group search tonight for 6:30pm around Gadle Braes, but please come at 6pm for a briefing if you wish to volunteer, meeting at the park.

“The terrain will be dangerous, so please dress appropriately – suitable footwear (hiking boots etc), warm padded clothing, thick gloves, high visibility jackets, hard hats & walking sticks if possible. Hard hats, gloves & hi-vis vests have been offered from Score Group but please take your own and any spares if you have

“As this is dangerous terrain, it will be at each persons own risk to volunteer. However, all help is greatly appreciated, but please take no risks that endanger yourself or others and try to be as safe as possible.

“Please do not bring dogs or children.

“For any further information please contact this page. Thanks.”

Ruaridh was reported missing from his home in Peterhead after a night out in the North-east town over the weekend.

He was last seen at just after 4am on Saturday in Gadle Braes, with CCTV confirming he was still in the area around an hour later.

Over the last few days specialist teams, dog and dive units, the coastguard and the police Scotland helicopter have all helped in the search to find him.

Inspector Gareth Hannan said: “Extensive searches have been ongoing since Ruaridh was reported missing to Police and these searches continue today led by the Peterhead Community Policing Team with the assistance of specialist resources including search advisers (PolSA) and the dive & marine unit.

“We will also have valuable support from the specialist team which is trained in using Police Scotland’s Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems which will enhance our search capabilities over the more challenging and difficult terrain we are dealing with.

“This is in addition to the air support that has already been provided by Police Scotland’s helicopter, providing the search team with enhanced aerial views.

“Coastline and water searches also continue and I would like to thank our partners for their help.”

Anyone with information is asked to contact 101 quoting ref. no. 2611 of August 10.

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