Psychic helping search for missing Shaun Ritchie charged by police

Shaun Ritchie disappeared more than two years ago.
Shaun Ritchie disappeared more than two years ago.

A psychic who contacted the family of missing Fraserburgh man Shaun Ritchie has been charged by police.

Nikki Trott, 46, traveled to the north-east from Luton in Bedfordshire to offer her clairvoyant services.

But now Trott has been officially charged by police over a “telecommunications offence”.

It is understood detectives from Police Scotland instructed officers south of the border to visit the 46-year-old’s home earlier this week.

A police spokeswoman said: “I can confirm that a 46-year-old woman has been charged in relation to a telecommunications offence and a report will be submitted to the Procurator Fiscal.”

Earlier this month Trott was due to take part in a volunteer search of the area where Shaun last seen but it was called off due to “unforeseen circumstances”.

Shaun’s sister Nicole said later that the search – which had attracted huge public interest – had been cancelled for “personal” reasons.

Mr Ritchie’s disappearance came during a Halloween night out with friends in the north-east.

The 21-year-old, from Fraserburgh, was last seen near a remote farmhouse in the Strichen area in the early hours of November 1, 2014.

In the days following his disappearance, several items of his clothing were recovered from a nearby bog.

However, there have been no significant developments in the case – which remains a missing persons investigation – in over 11 months.

Police have repeatedly appealed to the public for information about the circumstances of Shaun’s disappearance, and are continuing an “intelligence-led” operation.