Hundreds join search for Mikaeel Kular

Members of the public and police at Crammond preparing to search for missing Mikaeel Kular. Picture: Esme Allen

Members of the public and police at Crammond preparing to search for missing Mikaeel Kular. Picture: Esme Allen

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Hundreds of volunteers joined the increasingly desperate search for missing three-year-old Mikaeel Kular today.

The boy has not been seen since his mother put him to bed at his home in Ferry Gait Crescent, Edinburgh, at around 9pm on Wednesday.

The public search. picture: Esme Allen

The public search. picture: Esme Allen

• Click here for the latest updates on the search for Mikaeel Kular.

Residents assembled at the North Neighbourhood Centre in West Pilton Gardens to organise search teams.

Tracy Stirling, 36, a housewife and mum-of-two, joined the search with her three-year-old son Dylan. She said: “It’s really sad. We just need to do something, anything.

“I’m taking my wee boy to search and we’ll do our best.

The public gather to help. Picture: Esme Allen

The public gather to help. Picture: Esme Allen

“I’m not the only one with kids around here. People have taken their kids out of nursery and school to help and be part of it.

“We need to show the kids that the streets can be dangerous and this sort of thing can really happen.

“We’re just going to walk about the area to see if we can get something -- even just a clue.

“Everybody’s come together to try and find this wee boy. It’s been more than 24 hours and it’s freezing cold.”

The searchers are briefed at the north Edinburgh neighbourhood centre. Picture: Esme Allen

The searchers are briefed at the north Edinburgh neighbourhood centre. Picture: Esme Allen

Jordan Reid, 18, a volunteer with Save The Children, from South Queensferry, said: “I’m here on behalf of Save the Children to look for this missing three-year-old boy as searches continue.

“Personally, me and the members of my family are really concerned about this wee boy and we hope we get him found soon.

“We are taking part in a massive search party to find him.

“We cannot tell what the outcome is going to be. It is too soon to say.

Inspector David Happs addresses the public. Picture: Esme Allen

Inspector David Happs addresses the public. Picture: Esme Allen

“With the amount of people and great support from the local and wider community we’ll hopefully find some links to the disappearance.”

MSP Colin Keir, who represents Edinburgh West, the constituency where Mikaeel and his family live, said: “The community spirit has just been sensational.

“I think it’s astounded everybody that there has been such an incredible support locally.

“This is such an unusual occurrence. I don’t think we’ve ever had a situation like this before with these circumstances.

“Everybody just wants to see the wee lad safe and sound.

“Nobody can imagine what the family must be going through at this time.

Mountain Rescue teams search local gardens. Picture: Getty

Mountain Rescue teams search local gardens. Picture: Getty

“Hopefully there will be a resolution at the end of this.”

James McNeil, 47, a council worker and father-of-four, said: “I’m here to assist with the search. It’s human nature I suppose. I’m a family man and have four kids myself.

“The search shows that people come together when there’s a need. We want the best possible outcome.

“People are searching everywhere they can. We’ve been given local areas to search gardens and sheds - anywhere a toddler could have got himself into.”

Members of the coastgaurd search the coastline near Cramond. Picture: Getty

Members of the coastgaurd search the coastline near Cramond. Picture: Getty

The coastguard search. Picture: Getty

The coastguard search. Picture: Getty