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Concerns grow for cyclist missing on 104-mile trip

Public urged to check outhouses and sheds in bid to trace 63-year-old Tony Parsons.

Tony Parsons: He was cycling from Tillicoultry to Fort William.
Tony Parsons: He was cycling from Tillicoultry to Fort William. Police Scotland

Concerns are growing for the welfare of a missing 63-year-old cyclist who embarked on an 104-mile trek from the Highlands to Clackmannanshire.

Members of the public are being asked to check their outhouses and sheds in an attempt to find Anthony Parsons, who disappeared more than a week ago.

The cyclist, who goes by the name Tony, left his home in Ross Court, Tillicoultry, Clackmannanshire, at around 9.30am last Friday and got a train up to Fort William in the Highlands.

He arrived in Fort William at around 4.10pm and it is believed he then set off to cycle back to Tillicoultry along the A82.

Mr Parsons passed Glencoe Village on his bike shortly after 6pm on that day.

The last confirmed sighting of him was at 11.30pm on Friday, September 29, at the Bridge of Orchy Hotel. He left that area and headed south, in the direction of Tyndrum.

Missing cylclist: Last confirmed sighting of Mr Parsons was last Friday.
Missing cylclist: Last confirmed sighting of Mr Parsons was last Friday. Police Scotland

Mr Parsons is described as 5ft 9ins, of stocky build, with short hair, a moustache and glasses. He was last seen wearing a red waterproof jacket.

Earlier, he had been sighted wearing a blue long-sleeved cycling top, a high-viz vest, fingerless gloves, beige combat trousers, a silver and grey cycling helmet and walking boots.

He was carrying a silver and blue backpack and had a yellow bike with black handlebars.

Police teams have worked with mountain rescue colleagues from Killin, Oban and Arrochar to search for Mr Parsons in the Tyndrum and Bridge of Orchy.

Mountain rescue: Teams will continue to search route over weekend.
Mountain rescue: Teams will continue to search route over weekend. Police Scotland

Inspector Jo Jollie of Callander Police Station said: "Tony has now been missing for over a week and we are growing increasingly concerned for his welfare.

"We are working with our partners and will continue to search the route from Bridge of Orchy South over the weekend.

"I would ask anyone who travelled on the A82 between Bridge of Orchy and Tillicoultry this week to report any sightings of anyone seen matching Tony's description."

She added: "I am also appealing for local residents to check their gardens and outhouses as Tony may have entered to find shelter."

Anyone who may have seen Mr Pasons along his route is asked to call Police Scotland on 101, quoting incident number 559 of October 2.

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