Absconder from HMP Castle Huntly

Tayside Police is appealing for information that could help to trace the whereabouts of a 47-year-old prisoner who failed to return to HMP Castle Huntly, by Dundee, following a period of home leave.

Raymond Byrne failed to return to the prison when expected to yesterday (Thurs Dec 27) after being granted temporary release to his home town of Irvine.

Byrne was sentenced to 54 months imprisonment in May 2011 after being convicted at the High Court in Aberdeen of assault to severe injury. He transferred from HMP Kilmarnock to the open estate in November.

He is five feet eight inches tall, with grey/white receding hair and blue eyes. He has a scar on the bridge of his nose and tattoos of a matchstick man, a flower and a cross on his arms. He is also missing the little finger on his right hand.

There was a confirmed sighting of Byrne yesterday afternoon in Irvine town centre. At the time he was wearing a white-coloured Celtic away football shirt, dark blue jeans, and a dark blue-coloured checked jacket. He was also carrying a blue holdall.

Anyone who has seen Byrne or who knows where he is now should call Tayside Police on 0300 111 2222, or speak to any police officer.