£2k reward for ‘dangerous’ ex-con Martin Hamilton

Martin Hamilton, who is wanted by police for a breach of licence. Picture: PA
Martin Hamilton, who is wanted by police for a breach of licence. Picture: PA
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A £2,000 reward is being offered for information on one of Scotland’s most wanted men.

Martin Hamilton was released from prison in September last year but is now wanted for breaching the terms of his licence.

Police described him as “dangerous” and urged members of the public not to approach him but to contact officers if he is seen.

The 53-year-old is described as white with short, cropped, fair hair.

Detectives have been hunting him for six months but have found no trace of him and believe he is being helped by others.

Crimestoppers have now offered a reward of £2,000 for information leading to the arrest of Hamilton and an appeal has featured on the BBC’s Crimewatch programme.

He is thought to regularly visit bookmakers and shop workers and customers are being asked to look out for him.

Detective Inspector Brian Gallagher said: “A significant amount of enquiries have been undertaken by officers working on the inquiry, however despite efforts, these have so far drawn a blank.

“It is clear that Hamilton is receiving assistance from associates in order to evade capture by police. This includes financial assistance - as there has been no trace of him withdrawing money from his bank account.

“Intelligence we have suggests that Hamilton may be frequenting licensed bookmakers, so I’d ask anyone who uses these establishments across the Scotland area to keep an eye out.

“Similarly I’d like those who work in these places to study Hamilton’s image - have you seen him in your bookmakers? If so, contact police.

“Crimestoppers have put up a significant reward for information leading to the arrest of Hamilton. I would ask anyone who may know where he is to consider this reward carefully and I would stress to anyone who has information in relation to Martin Hamilton to pick up the phone and contact us.

The information can be provided anonymously through Crimestoppers and the reward will be provided for information leading to the arrest of Martin Hamilton.

“I would urge anyone with information to contact police immediately on 101.

“Information can be passed to Crimestoppers by calling 0800 555 111.”