The dad of a Scots man who has been missing for more than seven years has been handed a temporary social media ban after a row with an online troll.

Allan Bryant has a high profile on Facebook and posts about the ongoing search for his son, who is also called Allan.

But when someone seemingly made fun of the disappearance on the For Sale Scotland Facebook page, which Allan Senior is a moderator on, he lost his rag and allegedly used offensive language.

Allan Bryant was last seen leaving the Styx nightclub in Glenrothes in November, 2013.
Allan Bryant was last seen leaving the Styx nightclub in Glenrothes in November, 2013.

Posting on Facebook, Allan's partner Marie Degan vowed the 'sick trolls' would never win claiming the person had been laughing about the disappearance and called to abuse the family more.

She wrote: "My partner Allan will never let these sick trolls win, he ignores things the majority of the time (but) sadly sometimes it gets top much for him.

"This local idiot thought it would be funny to put laughing emojis on our missing son's post and he even called my partner through messenger and gave him further abuse.

"I just want to say we will never give up on searching for our boy no parent could."

Allan Junior is classed as a missing person and despite sparking one of the biggest search operations ever conducted by Police Scotland, no trace of him has ever emerged.

He vanished seven years ago in November, 2013 on a night out in Glenrothes aged just 23.

Allan was last seen leaving the Styx nightclub in his hometown in the early hours of November 3, 2013 - the club is only 10 minutes from the family home.

Allan Jnr, in the centre in striped T-shirt, was seen on CCTV shortly after 2am leaving Styx Nightclub in Glenrothes.

Allan senior told the Courier newspaper that the search would go on and he was hopeful of being online again soon.

He said: "Normally I would not have reacted as I’ve been subjected to this sort of abuse many times before but it caught me at a bad moment and I reacted in a way that I shouldn’t of and I apologise to anyone who was offended.

“I sent the person a private message and a row ensued.

“We were seemingly being trolled because the individual thought we just blamed the police for everything involving Allan’s disappearance.

“I’m a bit annoyed with myself as I normally try not to react.

“We’ve been subjected to some pretty awful and vile abuse and trolling in the past and even though I try to let it go it’s a difficult one to face at the best of times.”