The family of missing Glenrothes man Allan Bryant have launched a scathing attack on Police Scotland for their early handling of the enquiry into their son’s disappearance.
The man’s father Allan Bryant Snr said at times the investigation had been “a joke” and was akin to being something being run by the “boy scouts”.
The comments came in an emotionally charged Police press conference this afternoon (Monday), exactly a year to the day since Allan was last seen leaving Styx nightclub in the early hours of November 3, 2013.
The press briefing had been arranged to highlight what Police have referred to as ‘enhanced CCTV images’ being made public today which show Allan’s last confirmed movements.
Officers leading the search, the most extensive missing persons search ever undertaken in Fife, have been heavily criticised by the family for the seven and a half month delay in releasing the footage.
Chief Inspector Nicolan Shepherd from Glenrothes Police Station conceded that the footage could have been released sooner but added that the force had acted on legal advice given to them at the time.
Police also confirmed for the first time that an alleged incident involving Allan at a shop in Macedonia in which he was alleged to have been threatened with being killed had also been fully investigated but had brought them no closer to finding Allan.
The press conference came just hours after around 200 local people gathered outside Styx nightclub on Sunday evening to take part in a candle-lit vigil. Those present watched as images of Allan throughout his life were projected onto a screen, the family and police also spoke to the gathering urging anyone with any information as to Allan’s disappearance to come forward.
A full report on both the vigil and press conference will appear in Wednesday’s Glenrothes Gazette.