Police search for cyclist who went missing in Scotland

Tony Parson was last seen on evening of Friday 29 September during 100-mile ride in West Highlands

Volunteers and officers from Police Scotland are searching for a man who went missing during a 100-mile bike ride almost a fortnight ago.

Anthony Parson, known as Tony, had planned to ride home to Tillicoultry near Stirling from Fort William, leaving on Friday 29 September. He had taken a train to Fort William earlier that day.

He was last seen when he left the Bridge of Orchy Hotel, which lies on the West Highland Way north of Loch Lomond, at approximately 11.30pm that evening.

The 63-year-old is thought to be retired and it is believed that he previously served in the Royal Navy.

A CCTV image taken as he rode through Glencoe Village on his yellow-framed bike at around 6pm on Friday showed Mr Parson wearing a red jacket under a high-visibility vest.

He is described as 5 feet 9 inches tall and with a stocky build, has a moustache and wears glasses, with tattoos of an anchor on his right arm and an eagle on his left arm.

Police last week deployed a helicopter to fly over the route to try and find him, with coastguards and mountain rescue volunteers also joining in the search, focusing on the area between Bridge of Orchy and Crianlarich.

Chief Inspector Drew Sinclair said: “I am appealing for anyone who may have seen a man matching Tony’s description on the A82 between Fort William and Crianlarich between 4pm on Friday, September 29, and 8am on Sunday, October 1, to please contact us.

“We are concerned for Tony’s welfare and are asking anyone who may have seen him or who knows his current whereabouts to contact us immediately,” he added.

Anyone who has information is asked to contact Police Scotland on 101.

Simon has been news editor at road.cc since 2009, reporting on 10 editions and counting of pro cycling’s biggest races such as the Tour de France, stories on issues including infrastructure and campaigning, and interviewing some of the biggest names in cycling. A law and languages graduate, published translator and former retail analyst, his background has proved invaluable in reporting on issues as diverse as cycling-related court cases, anti-doping investigations, and the bike industry. He splits his time between London and Cambridge, and loves taking his miniature schnauzer Elodie on adventures in the basket of her Elephant Bike.

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