Hunt launched for escaped prisoner on the run after home leave from Scottish open jail

Police in Scotland are calling for help to track down a convicted criminal who has gone missing after a home visit from prison.

The alert was raised after James Stewart, aged 24, was reported missing from an address in Glasgow on Friday afternoon.

He disappeared following home leave from Castle Huntly open prison, near Dundee.

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It is thought he has connections in the Glasgow area.

Police Scotland is appealing for information to help trace 24-year-old James Stewart, a convicted prisoner who has been reported missing from an address in Glasgow after having been on home leave from Castle Huntly open prison, near Dundee

Police believe Stewart does not present a threat to members of the public.

He is described as 6ft tall, of average build with short brown hair, brown eyes and a small scar on his left eyebrow, and wearing black-framed glasses.

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The 15th-century Castle Huntly is Scotland’s only open prison.

Most inmates are low-risk, serving short sentences of up to two years, although some are long-sentence prisoners nearing the end of their term.

Anyone sighting the prisoner should contact Police Scotland on 101.

Anyone wishing to provide information anonymously can do so through the charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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