Missing nuclear sub sailor was questioned by police minutes before he vanished ... trends now

Missing nuclear sub sailor was questioned by police minutes before he vanished ... trends now
Missing nuclear sub sailor was questioned by police minutes before he vanished ... trends now

Missing nuclear sub sailor was questioned by police minutes before he vanished ... trends now

A sailor from one of the UK’s top secret nuclear submarines was quizzed by police less than an hour before he mysteriously disappeared, The Scottish Mail on Sunday can reveal.

Josh Gayton was last captured on CCTV in the early hours of Tuesday after a night out, wearing just a T-shirt and trousers.

However, it is now known that just after midnight police officers spoke to Mr Gayton in connection with a minor offence. 

He was reported missing later that day when he failed to turn up for duty at Faslane Naval Base.

The 21-year-old is from Worcestershire and is thought to be unfamiliar with the area of Helensburgh, Dunbartonshire, where he was last seen.

Concern for Josh Gayton, 21, was last seen in the early hours of Tuesday

Concern for Josh Gayton, 21, was last seen in the early hours of Tuesday

Mr Gayton was captured on CCTV in Helensburgh town centre on a night out

 Mr Gayton was captured on CCTV in Helensburgh town centre on a night out

Last night, Police Scotland confirmed officers spoke to Mr Gayton shortly before the last sighting. A spokesman said: ‘At 12.05am on Tuesday, April 16, in West Clyde Street, Helensburgh, a 21-year-old man was issued with a fixed penalty notice in connection with a public urination offence.’

Since his disappearance, his shipmates have launched their own search in an attempt to locate him, while loved ones have made appeals online, sharing descriptions and images of Mr Gayton.

A serving military officer, who asked not to be named, spoke of his anger at how the incident has been handled by Police Scotland.

He said: ‘The Royal Navy Police patrol Helensburgh all the time and they should have been contacted by Police Scotland when they were dealing with Josh. 

They have a duty of care to people and their slogan is Keeping People Safe.

‘Instead his comrades are wondering why

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