The father of a missing Glenrothes man has claimed police missed potentially crucial evidence while investigating his son’s disappearance.
Allan Bryant has accused PoliceScotland of failing to collect all CCTV footage from the nightclub where his son, Allan Jr, was last seen over two years ago.
Mr Bryant claims the footage will no longer be available to study and says police have botched the investigation.
He said: “When you report a missing person you think that one of the first things they would do is get the CCTV.
“They had plenty of time to get it. If it was a break-in then they would have had it straight away. They’ve not taken Allan’s case seriously since day one. I’m lost for words.”
Allan was 23 when he disappeared after a night out with friends.
He had been at Styx Nightclub and CCTV footage showed him leaving early in the morning.
High-profile appeals have been made by both his family and the police, while searches have been conductedthroughout the town.
Mr Bryant claims to have spoken to nightclub security staff, who told him footage from a small number of CCTV cameras was studied by police.
Though some of this film was released as part of the investigation, Mr Bryant believes additional coverage could hold clues to what happened.
However the footage wasautomatically wiped by the securitysystem after a period of time.
Mr Bryant added: “I’m shocked they don’t have that footage. That could tell us where Allan went to or who he was with that night.
“It’s a huge blunder but I don’t want to fight the police as they are the people we trust to find Allan.”
A Police Scotland spokesman said: “CCTV has formed part of the inquiry into the disappearance of Allan Bryant since the initial stages and has allowed the investigation to progress.
“Extensive lines of inquiry have been pursued throughout this investigation and Allan Bryant remains a missingperson.