Police have called off a public search planned by the distraught family of a missing Glasgow man.

Gregor Gibbons was last seen by his wife at around 6pm on Tuesday evening when he left home for work in his white Ford Fiesta.

There were then three sightings of him between 8pm and 10pm on the canal path at Twechar.

On Friday morning, underwater marine units were dispatched and police officers in kayaks searched the canal near Twechar Bridge.

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Family and friends had been preparing to walk the length of the canal in an effort to locate the missing 32-year-old.

They had asked the public to join in their search at midday on Sunday from both sides of the canal - particularly Maryhill and The Kelpies.

But now the family have said the search has been called off on request of the police.

Marnie Bain, Gregor's cousin, is just one of his concerned family members who help run the Find Gregor Facebook page, which has amassed 2,000 followers in just two days.

They encourage people to share pictures and memories of Gregor, in an effort to spread the word of his disappearance as far as possible.

Marnie told The Evening Times: "Our family is frantic with worry. We have been searching night and day, and following up on any sightings. So far, there has been no luck.

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"The response and messages of support have been overwhelming, and we can't thank everyone enough."

It comes after Gregor's wife, Leanne, made a tearful appeal for his return on Friday.

Leanne said: “Gregor, I don’t know why you’ve not been in touch but we all love you and just want you to come home.

“We all, especially our nephews Aaron, Max and Scott, miss you very much and we just want you back.

“Please get in touch with us or the police to let us know you are OK.

“We’d like to appeal to anyone to come forward with any information and contact police as soon as possible.”

Witnesses described Gregor as wearing a grey hooded top when he was seen at the canal on Tuesday evening.

Inspector Pauline Thomson said: “Our inquiries at the moment have focussed around speaking with Gregor’s family, friends and work colleagues.

“We’ve had support from our dog branch and air support unit and today we will be focusing our inquiries along the canal path and canal from Maryhill all the way up to Kirkintilloch.

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“We’ve also got police officers on foot and on off-road mountain bikes along the canal paths or make sure Gregor hasn’t tripped or fallen and we’re just looking for his safe return.

“I would appeal to anyone who may have seen Gregor or who may have seen his white Ford Fiesta to contact us.

“Any small piece of information could help us find him.

“His family is understandably very upset at his disappearance and just want to know he is safe and well.”

Gregor is around 5ft 5in in height with short, shaven dark hair and is of athletic build.

Anyone who sees him can call police on 101.