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Family wait for news on missing Bainsford man David Paterson

Police search along the Forth & Clyde Canal at Bankside for missing Bainsford man David Paterson
Picture: Michael Gillen

Police search along the Forth & Clyde Canal at Bankside for missing Bainsford man David Paterson Picture: Michael Gillen

 

Anxious family and friends of a missing psychiatric nurse are hoping he will turn up safe and well.

David Paterson was reported missing on Monday evening and immediately a large-scale police search operation was launched.

The Police Scotland helicopter was brought in, while specialist search officers scoured the area.

Chief Inspector Mandy Paterson, Falkirk Area Commander, said the scale of the hunt was because the disappearance was “totally out of character”.

Mr Paterson (52) failed to go to work on Monday morning.

Police were alerted by his wife, Dr Gayle Paterson, a GP at the Tryst Medical Practice in Stenhousemuir, when he didn’t return to their home in Philip Street, Bainsford that evening.

The chief inspector said: “Mr Paterson is a man of routine and this is completely out of character. He has worked in the same psychiatric care home in Falkirk for 15 years and his wife phoned us when he didn’t come home.

“For him not to be in contact is also completely out of character and his family are very concerned for his wellbeing.”

The Patersons have been married for 26 years.

They spent the weekend at a holiday chalet they have at Crail in the East Neuk of Fife and police are also carrying out searches in that area.

Mr Paterson is a drummer in the popular Falkirk punk band Bladdered.

Yesterday (Wednesday), police search teams were in the Dollar Park area and Chief Inspector Paterson said there had been two or three reported sightings of the missing nurse.

Mr Paterson is described as 5ft 3ins with short dark grey hair, thinning at the back and of slim to medium build. He has blue eyes and a dimple on his chin.

When last seen he was wearing a blue fleece, dark denim jeans and lacing light tan shoes. He may be carrying a dark red bag with blue straps.

Anyone who may have seen him since Monday morning is asked to call police on 101 or call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

 

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