Appeal over missing Glasgow sex offender Lorcan Halton

Lorcan Halton Lorcan Halton was last seen boarding a ferry in Cairnryan to Belfast

Police have appealed for help in tracing a registered sex offender after he failed to turn up at court.

Lorcan Halton, 45, from the Saracen area of Glasgow, did not attend the scheduled court date on 15 January.

He was last seen in Cairnryan, Dumfries and Galloway, on 9 January, where he boarded a ferry to Belfast.

Anyone with information about Halton's whereabouts is asked to contact police, who say he should not be approached by members of the public.

Halton is described as white, about 6ft tall and of medium build with brown hair. He has a distinctive scar on his right arm.

When he was last seen he was wearing dark jeans and a shirt.

Det Insp Craig Willison, of Police Scotland, said: "Mr Halton was due to attend court on 15 January but failed to appear and has not been seen since, although further inquiries revealed a sighting of him in Cairnryan on Thursday 9 January 2014 where he was boarding a ferry bound for Belfast.

"I would ask anyone who has seen Mr Halton, or who has any information regarding his whereabouts to contact Police Scotland.

"I would advise that no one approaches him, but rather contact police immediately."

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