Glasgow & West Scotland

Hunt widens for missing ex-prisoner Johnathan Kelly

Photo and artists impression of Johnathan Kelly Image copyright BBC - police handouts
Image caption Photo and artists impression of Johnathan Kelly

The search for a missing ex-prisoner in Scotland, who is unlawfully at large, has been widened to England and Dublin.

Johnathan Kelly, 33, from Drumchapel, Glasgow, was freed from Low Moss Prison in August. His licence was revoked when he failed to comply with conditions.

Police said all attempts to trace him had proved unsuccessful and there had been no confirmed sightings.

They have issued an artists drawing of how he may look and said Kelly may have travelled to England or Ireland.

Police Scotland said they were in close contact with "other law enforcement agencies and partner organisations" to help trace Kelly, whom they believe is being given help to evade them.

Kelly is described as white, about 5ft 11in tall, with short brown hair and a heavy build.

Image plea

Police believe he may have grown a beard and have issued an artists impression to help with their inquiry.

Det Supt 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."

Det Supt Grant added: "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."

The Crimestoppers charity has offered £5,000 reward for information leading to Kelly's arrest.

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