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  • 17 January 2014, 8:32

Missing Mikaeel Kular: Residents Join Search

How far can a three-year-old boy get on his own? That's the question everyone I speak to on Ferry Gait Crescent is asking.

Mikaeel Kular has been missing for more than 24 hours and his whole neighbourhood has come to a standstill.

Residents of the "normally quiet" area have joined police, some on horseback, and mountain rescue teams to search the local area.

One group of women told me they had been out since 9am on Thursday scouring a golf course, beach and high street. They were carrying torches donated by the local branch of Tesco.

"You're looking in the same places, convinced you missed something the first time," one said.

Two teenagers from a neighbouring estate said they wanted to help "to see if there was something we could do".

One said his mother had heard of a small girl nearby who had told of a "stranger tapping on her window".

Hedgerows were being scoured, the bins emptied and homes opened up to police.

No one is letting their hopes fade for the little boy, who is one of dozens of children that live in the street.

But with heavy security doors in the blocks of flats and CCTV cameras visible on every building, suspicions are being raised about whether Mikaeel could have walked out of his home on his own.

No new information about his whereabouts has emerged.

The weather in Edinburgh has been freezing - the gritters are out on the streets.

In the city centre, people said they were shocked by Mikaeel's disappearance and are praying for him.

Back on Ferry Gait Crescent, residents plan to resume their search in the hope they can end what one man described as "every parent's worst nightmare".

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