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Missing Scottish ex-prisoner may be in Dublin: The hunt widens for wanted man Jonathan Kelly

By Amanda Ferguson

A Scottish ex-prisoner missing from Drumchapel may be in Dublin, police have said.

A police appeal has been issued for information on Jonathan Kelly, who has been on the run since September 10.

Kelly, who has a string of convictions for violent offences, had his licence revoked after failing to comply with imposed conditions following his release from Lowmoss Prison on August 21.

Police Scotland have undertaken extensive enquiries to locate Kelly, however attempts so far to trace him have proved unsuccessful.

There have also been no confirmed sightings of him.

Officers believe he may have travelled outside Scotland and may be in England or Dublin.

Detectives working on the inquiry are in close contact with other law enforcement agencies and partner organisations to help trace Kelly.

A PSNI spokesman told the Belfast Telegraph it has not received any indication from investigators in Scotland that Kelly could be in Northern Ireland.

Police Scotland detectives are convinced Kelly is receiving assistance from people to evade capture.

His appearance when he was last seen is white, around 5 ft 11 inches in height, with short brown hair and a heavy build.

However, officers believe his appearance may have changed and he may have grown a beard.

Detective Superintendent Stephen Grant said: “We are issuing this image today with a plea to the communities across the UK for their assistance in tracing Jonathan Kelly.

"He has been unlawfully at large since 10 September 2014, and it is imperative that we trace him.

"A number of police officers continue to work on this inquiry with assistance by specialist colleagues from within our organisation, and we are assisted by colleagues in other law enforcement agencies across the UK.

I would advise people not to approach him but to contact police if they see him – any sightings should be reported to police or give your information to Crimestoppers.”

A £5,000 reward has been offered for information leading to his arrest.

Crimestoppers can be contacted on 0800 555 111.

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