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Police issue appeal to Forth Road Bridge walkers who may have seen missing Frightened Rabbit singer Scott Hutchison

Scott Hutchison performs with Frightened Rabbit at Sleep In The Park (Jeff Holmes)
Scott Hutchison performs with Frightened Rabbit at Sleep In The Park (Jeff Holmes)

POLICE have issued a fresh appeal for information as they continue to try to trace Scott Hutchison.

The Frightened Rabbit singer, reported missing by his family yesterday, was last seen leaving the Dakota Hotel in South Queensferry at 1am on Wednesday.

It has been established that the 36-year-old set off on foot and officers say they are keeping an open mind as to his direction of travel.

Particular focus is being given to the South Queensferry area, Forth Road Bridge and Fife.

Anyone who can assist with the ongoing inquiry has been urged to come forward as concerns grow over Mr Hutchison’s welfare.

Scott Hutchison

Police are looking to speak to two people in particular who were seen crossing the footpath of the Forth Road Bridge around 1.10am.

These individuals may have seen Mr Hutchison, or know the direction he travelled, and they are urged to contact officers immediately.

Chief Inspector Alan Carson said: “It is important to stress that at this time we do not know definitively where Scott has headed after leaving the Dakota Hotel and the assistance of the public is therefore vital to help us with this investigatio.

“Anyone who believes they have seen Scott since 1am on Wednesday morning should get in touch.

“In particular, the two people who crossed the Forth Road Bridge from South Queensferry at 1.10am may have useful information and we are extremely keen to speak with them.

“Simiarly, though we would also urge others to come forward if they have any other information relevant to our investigation.

“Finally, I’d like to reiterate our appeal to Scott directly, to make contact with family, friends, or with police and let us know where you are.”

Scott Hutchison performing (Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire)

His brother and bandmate Grant Hutchison said the family felt helpless but that the support they have received during the search had been incredible.

Speaking to Radio X, he said: “We’ve been coping as well as we can really, all the family are together and just supporting each other and doing all we can to try and let Scott know that we are here for him and that we love him.

“We just all feel a little helpless but the support has been incredible.

“It really genuinely does keep us going and keeps us feeling positive about the situation to know that there is that many people out there who care so much about Scott and want us to know that and want him to know that as well.

“If he has access to get online and he has seen any of it then it’s important that we keep sharing that to let him know he is loved and that we just want him to come back.

Asked if he had a message for his brother, he said: “Just come back. There’s nothing that is so insurmountable that we can’t figure it out together and help you to get better.

“We’re all here for you and we all love you very much. If you can see the support online as well, just know that everyone loves you very much and we just want you to come back and be safe.”

Mr Hutchison was last seen on CCTV leaving the Dakota Hotel

Messages of hope were posted on social media from friends, family and fellow musicians, including Gary Lightbody from Snow Patrol.

There was also support from authors Irvine Welsh and Christopher Brookmyre, and radio presenter Edith Bowman.

Hutchison is described as white, 6ft tall with a stocky build, dark hair and a thick beard.

He was last seen wearing a dark baseball cap, navy blue hooded jacket, grey or khaki trousers and white trainers.

Those with information can contact officers at Drylaw Police Station via 101 and quote incident number 0082 of the 9th May.