DAD’S PLEA FOR SON TO COME HOME

Alas­tair, 25, last seen on north-east beach

Evening Express (City Final) - - Front Page - BY LEE MCCANN

THE dev­as­tated fam­ily of a miss­ing man last seen on a north-east beach to­day pleaded with him to come home.

Alas­tair Done, 25, from Mal­pas in Cheshire, was spot­ted in Aberdeen and Balme­die over the week­end but has not been seen since. Spe­cial­ist search teams, in­clud­ing po­lice dogs, have been drafted in and clothes be­lieved to be­long to Alas­tair were found on the beach on Tues­day. Alas­tair’s fam­ily have now made a di­rect ap­peal to him to get in con­nect. Speak­ing from the fam­ily home in Cheshire, his fa­ther Nick Done said they “all love him” and are mys­ti­fied why he would have cho­sen to travel to the north-east, as he had no links to this re­gion. Mr Done said: “Ev­ery­one, his brother, his grand­dad, his mum, me, we all miss him, we all love him and we just want him back. “If he is still out there, we all love him and miss him and we just need him to come back and we can talk. “That was the thing with Alas­tair, he couldn’t talk about things – he found it hard to ex­press his true feel­ings.” It’s be­lieved Alas­tair ar­rived in Aberdeen on a train from Crewe at 3.51pm on Fri­day. He is de­scribed as be­ing around 5ft 11in, with a ‘buzz’ hair­cut and glasses. When last seen he was wear­ing a black hooded fleece, black walk­ing boots and was car­ry­ing a black ruck­sack with a blue roll-mat at­tached. He also had a green shop­ping bag in his hand. Mr Done said the dis­cov­ery of Alas­tair’s clothes on the beach added to the mys­tery of his dis­ap­pear­ance. He said: “The fact they’ve found his clothes on the beach is a dif­fer­ent thing all to­gether. “He did have a holdall and may have had ex­tra clothes with him. We don’t know if the clothes found are off his back or he had in his bag – he could have pre­tended to dis­ap­pear but he hasn’t. “We don’t know for sure any­thing.” Mr Done said Alas­tair – a tree sur­geon – has pre­vi­ously gone miss­ing. He said: “Three years ago, he de­cided to not tell any­one. “He went around Europe and was in Spain and kept trav­el­ling and ended up in Ire­land.” Alas­tair is be­lieved to have spent some time in Union Square be­fore head­ing along Guild Street to Mar­ket Street and into the Aberdeen Mar­ket. CCTV of the miss­ing man was cap­tured at Premier Stores in Balme­die at 1pm on Satur­day. A worker from the shop, who asked not to be named, said: “There wasn’t any­thing sus­pi­cious or ab­nor­mal when he came in. He bought juice, crisps, some cook­ies, sand­wich and a dough­nut pack and paid cash.” Po­lice said the last sight­ing of Alas­tair was at Balme­die Beach on Satur­day, when a mem­ber of the pub­lic phoned them over “con­cerns” for a man on the sand. De­tec­tive In­spec­tor Sam Buchan said: “Fol­low­ing ex­ten­sive in­quiries car­ried out this week we be­lieve this man was Alas­tair and since then per­sonal items in­clud­ing clothes that match those he was wear­ing have been re­cov­ered on the beach around one-mile north of the car park. “We are treat­ing Alas­tair as a miss­ing per­son and I ask any­one who has seen a man match­ing his de­scrip­tion or who has in­for­ma­tion as to where he might be to con­tact po­lice. We are keen to trace his move­ments be­tween Fri­day af­ter­noon when he ar­rived in Aberdeen and Satur­day when he was seen in Balme­die and in­quiries are on­go­ing to es­tab­lish if he used pub­lic trans­port. “I would also like to hear from any­one who was at Balme­die Beach over the week­end and thinks they saw him. I don’t be­lieve he has a mo­bile phone with him, how­ever if he sees or hears this ap­peal I would ask him to get in touch im­me­di­ately.”

CCTV im­ages from a Balme­die shop of miss­ing Cheshire man Alas­tair Done, who is thought to be in the north-east

Alas­tair Done is miss­ing

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