‘We ain’t drug mules’ Jay Slater’s friend hits back at trolls as missing teenager’s family issue fresh update


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JAY Slater’s buddies struck back “we ain’t drug mules” as conspiracy theory concepts swirl, in the middle of a fresh update from the missing teenager’s family.

Brad Hargreaves is just one of the buddies that took place vacation to Tenerife with Jay Slater, and explained the 19-year-old bricklaying pupil as his “best mate”.

Jay went missing on June 17


Jay went missing on June 17Credit: Pixel8000
Jay Slater's pal Brad has hit back at trolls saying 'we ain't drug mules'


Jay Slater’s chum Brad has actually struck back at trolls claiming ‘we ain’t drug burros’Credit: ITV This Morning/ Eroteme
Lucy Mae posted a pictured of the pair together this week with a crying emoji


Lucy Mae published an image of both with each other today with a weeping emojiCredit: Instagram

The set flew bent on the island together with Lucy Law to head to a three-day NRG songs celebration.

But, Brad has actually because been the target of swathes of misuse by repellent social networks trolls.

He has actually currently knocked unjustified conspiracy theory concepts, and penciled a pungent blog post on Instagram.

“Thinkin I’m involved in it all is beyond me,” he composed.

“We’ve been mates for years, came on our first holiday together and unfortunately this has happened.

“We ain’t drug mules or whatever…. people need to know the facts before talking sh** on the internet…”

Lucy Mae Law, 18, the last person to speak to Jay before he went missing on June 17, also shared an image of the pair this week with a crying emoji.

Meanwhile, Jay’s heartbroken mum Debbie Duncan has issued a fresh update in her son’s case.

She thanked a local hiking group who have been helping in the search, which was abruptly called off after two weeks.

A message on an official Facebook group reads: “Debbie and family would like to thank the local hiking group who have worked tirelessly planning routes and searching for Jay they are extremely overwhelmed with the kindness of them all.

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“Thank you.”

It comes as cops have been urged to probe claims that missing Jay was involved in a £12,000 Rolex theft.

Former detective Mark Williams-Thomas, who is unofficially looking into the disappearance of the 19-year-old, said Jay had admitted it to pals.

But UK police have refused to investigate and cops in Tenerife — where Jay vanished last month — have declined to discuss it.

The Sun has been given the name of a Brit gangster said to be involved in the watch trade there, who has mutual friends with Jay and his group.

A source said: “The Spanish police have failed to pick up all the threads and it’s time British detectives stepped in.

“Jay might have gone missing on Tenerife but many of the people he crossed paths with are British.”

The Spanish Civil Guard announced the end of the search on June 30


The Spanish Civil Guard announced the end of the search on June 30Credit: Doug Seeburg
Jay stayed at an Airbnb rented by convicted drug dealer Ayub Qassim


Jay stayed at an Airbnb rented by convicted drug dealer Ayub Qassim
Debbie said 'words cannot describe the pain and agony' after the search for her son was called off


Debbie said ‘words cannot describe the pain and agony’ after the search for her son was called offCredit: Doug Seeburg
Missing posters have been put up around Jay's last known location


Missing posters have been put up around Jay’s last known locationCredit: Ian Whittaker

It has also emerged Jay stayed at an Airbnb rented by convicted drug dealer Ayub Qassim.

Qassim previously told reporters: “I let the geezer stay at mine because he had nowhere else to go.

“His friends had all left him.

“I know Jay, through friends, I’m not going to bring someone back to mine if I don’t know them.

“I’m doing the geezer a favour and now my face is all over the news. It’s a bit mental. I haven’t even done anything.”

Qassim added: “The only comment I have to make is that Jay came to the house alive, and he left the house alive.”


It comes after Jay’s heartbroken family vowed to remain in Tenerife after police called off the land search.

The teen’s devastated mum said “Words cannot describe the pain and agony” after the being blindsided by the news.

Debbie said in a heartbreaking statement “we just want to find him”.

The hunt was ended after 14 days of looking for the 19-year-old.

The young Brit vanished after a night out at the NRG festival at Papagayo nightclub in Playa de las Americas on June 17.

Jay was last seen travelling with the two mystery men in the north of the island in the Rural de Teno park.

What has Brad Hargreaves said about Jay Slater’s disappearance?

Brad took to Facebook to share a statement defending himself after he has been accused of being involved in Jay’s disappearance.

He wrote: “Don’t know why l’ve to jump on here to explain myself to the Facebook world but if any of yous believe me his best mate has anything to do with him going missing you’re honestly not all there.

“I’ve known Jay most of my life go to all these raves and what not together and this was our first lads holiday with him.

“Nobody actually knows the true story not even me because there isn’t a factual story that has come out just a load of s*** that has been said by different people.

“Anyway won’t be saying much more on here but just thought l’d get that out.”

Brad’s mum has since said that he is finding it hard to cope with the situation.

Ms Hargreaves told BBC: “We’re living the worst nightmare you can live and this does not help.

Brad appeared on ITV’s This Morning where he was interviewed by Isla Traquair.

He explained that he was on the phone to Jay the day he went missing but wasn’t concerned at the time.

He said he could hear Jay’s feet slide on the rocks inferring that he’d gone off the road.

Brad said: “That’s how I knew he went off the road because, you know when you walk on gravel, or whatever it is, you can… you know what I mean, stones.”

Jay told Brad at the time that he was fine but Brad told him to switch his location on.

Brad said: “We were both, like, laughing about it. He said: ‘look where I am’.”

Brad and his mum have said they will stay in Tenerife for as long as they need to.

The morning after, he made a final frantic phone call to pal Lucy to tell her he was stranded in the “middle of nowhere”.

Panicked Jay, facing an 11-hour walk back to their hotel, told her he needed water and only had one per cent of battery left on his phone.

Spanish authorities say “there is no current evidence of criminality” in the case, with his family saying they will not give up hope of finding him.


The family have felt forced to hit back at criticism over the use of £50,000 donated via GoFundMe.

Jay’s mum Debbie Duncan insisted they were funding their own stay in Tenerife.

She said: “My beautiful son is still missing and believe me this is no holiday. We are a normal working family going through hell.”

But she admitted: “The mystery surrounding his disappearance may never surface.”

They even slammed a TikTok star who quit his search for the missing teen after he said he’s ‘never had any money’ from GoFundMe.

Callum Fahim, who voluntarily travelled to Tenerife to help cops, claimed he’s left after being slammed with death threats and seeing no cash.

The Slater family said the devastated mum gave Callum £740 of her own money for his accommodation.

She claimed the TikToker turned “bitter” after they refused to give him more money.

They said: “We appreciate every single person who’s come out.

“He’s a hiker. We don’t need hikers, we need experts.”

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Missing Rolex after ‘scuffle’

Police launched a new probe on Saturday morning over the theft of a Rolex watch just hours before Jay disappeared.

It is unclear exactly how Jay’s disappearance might be linked but one of Jay’s pals told detectives the alleged theft may have led to Jay wandering off on his own to try and find the watch.

The Rolex disappeared when a fight broke out at the club Jay was partying at with investigators questioning taxi drivers and bar staff present on the strip.

Police clear duo

Two mystery Brits who partied with Jay Slater on the night of his disappearance were labelled “not relevant” by investigators.

Investigator Mark Williams-Thomas said the men stayed with Jay at an Airbnb cottage in Tenerife before he vanished.

They are said to both be in their late 30s or early 40s and from Luton, Bedfordshire, with one going by the nickname “Johnny Vegas”.

The men were only briefly asked to speak with cops before being allowed to fly home to the UK.

Just six volunteers for ‘massive’ search

Yesterday, Tenerife cops launched what they called a “massive” new search with the help of specialist volunteers to find the 19-year-old Brit.

However, just six volunteers reportedly turned up, claimed Tiktoker Paul Arnott, 29, who flew in to help with the search.

Jay’s father Warren and older brother Zak were seen at the search site.

The area being searched is a 2000ft ravine that has a steep hiking trail traversing it down to the sea.

Mystery final phone calls

Jay’s last phone call to his pal Lucy Law has been shrouded in mystery with it springing up several questions.

The 18-year-old woman told reporters Jay had called her in a panic at around 8.30am on Monday June 17.

She recalled him saying he wasn’t able to catch a bus and was going to start walking back to his flat.

Jay told her his phone was almost out of power, that he had cut his leg on a prickly cactus and he badly needed a drink.

Pinging phone

Search teams narrowed their efforts to a small group of buildings close to where Jay’s phone last pinged, but found nothing last week.

Jay took a 45 minutes car journey with two men to an Airbnb near Masco in the Rural de Teno, a national park in the island’s north.

He posted a Snapchat picture at the £40-a-night digs at around 7.30am appearing to show him holding a cigarette and walking down some stone steps.

After deciding to leave the cottage, Jay rang Lucy before his mobile went dead at 8.50am near a hiking trail in the park.

The family accused Callum of coming “over of his own accord” for a “free holiday” and wanting accommodation paid for.

But, TikToker Callum told Sky News: “I haven’t had anything from the GoFundMe.

“We have not had a bit of essentials paid for.

“I’ve never had any money from them whatsoever or even offers to go and pick anything up.

“If they had offered it, personally I would have actually said maybe a bit of a treat at the end of the week, but don’t worry about it.”

It comes as Debbie previously hit back over rumours swirling around the GoFundMe.

In a message, posted by her friend, she wrote: “For those of you who are more concerned around the Gofundme page I can assure you that up to now it has actually not been used and our stay up to now has been financed by ourselves.

“I do have proof of transactions and transfers to other persons but I should not have to justify this.

“So you can make up your own minds. If any of you in this group have donated I am thankful.”

Officers spent two hours inside holiday let where the missing teen stayed with two men


Officers spent two hours inside holiday let where the missing teen stayed with two menCredit: Doug Seeburg
Jay Slater’s father Warren Slater (left) and his brother Zak visited Masca Village Ravine the area where the teenager was last seen


Jay Slater’s father Warren Slater (left) and his brother Zak visited Masca Village Ravine the area where the teenager was last seenCredit: Ian Whittaker
Jay's mum Debbie has vowed to remain in Tenerife as they continue their search


Jay’s mum Debbie has vowed to remain in Tenerife as they continue their searchCredit: Tim Stewart


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