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Stolen car linked to prisoner Anthony Ferrie found in Motherwell

Anthony Ferrie Image copyright Police Scotland

A stolen car that police believe is linked to a prisoner who escaped from a private security firm's van has been found in Lanarkshire.

A guard was knocked out and another injured when Anthony Ferrie jumped from a G4S vehicle after a hospital visit in Livingston last Thursday.

Officers involved in the search for him were looking into the theft of a Renault Megane in the town a day later.

It was traced in Stevenston Court in Motherwell on Sunday.

Detectives had previously said their search for Ferrie was centred on his home town of Bellshill in North Lanarkshire, and the surrounding area.

Approach warning

The 33-year-old was an inmate at Addiewell Prison in West Lothian and had been on a visit to St John's Hospital when he escaped.

He is described as white, 6ft tall and of slim build. He was wearing a blue sweater, jeans and trainers.

Members of the public have been warned not to approach him.

Police have urged anyone who remembers seeing the driver of the car, or who has any information as to Ferrie's current whereabouts, to come forward immediately.

Det Insp Paul Batten said: "We are very keen to hear from anyone who remembers seeing the individual who left the Renault Megane within Stevenston Court in Motherwell on Sunday evening, or who believes they may have seen Ferrie in this area.

"In addition, anyone with any further information relevant to our ongoing inquiry should also contact police."

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