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By Euan Maxwell
Dumfries and West
Search kicks off for missing man

VOLUNTEERS will be out and about in the Dalswinton area today holding a major search in the hope of finding missing man Dane McGill.

It has been over two months since 53-year-old Dane, from Dalswinton village, was last seen.

Earlier this month, members of the Veterans Garden in Dumfries distributed leaflets to raise awareness of the need to find the former Royal Artillery solider.

Dane – who has grey hair and is five foot nine– was last seen wearing a camouflage jacket and khaki trousers in the Dalswinton area on November 10 at around 12.30 pm.

And the veterans are now rolling out a two-day search around the Dalswinton area, today and tomorrow. Volunteers are welcome to go along and help look.

David Provan, who served with Dane and has been friends with him since 1988, has arranged the search, which has been approved by Police Scotland.

He said: “We need as many people on the ground as possible, warm clothes and boots will be needed.

“The area in question has some large and thick forest plantations within the proposed search area. A full briefing will be given to all by the search co-ordinator before we commence on both days.

“Drones and search dogs will assist the search, with a light aircraft and underwater teams on standby to assist should the need arise.

“Start time is 9 am at the Village Hall in Dalswinton. Parking is available.”

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