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Thursday, 13 June, 2002, 14:36 GMT 15:36 UK
Police alert over escaped prisoner
Glenochil Prison
Mr Haggerty denied assaulting a prison officer
Police have warned the public not to approach a remand prisoner who escaped while being led into court.

James Haggerty, 26, is more than 6ft tall with a scar on his cheek.

Central Scotland Police said his recent behaviour suggested that he may be a danger to the public.

An investigation into his escape has been launched.


My main concern at the present time is public safety

Supt Tom Barker

The 26-year-old overcame his police guards as he was being transferred from the back of a police van to a cell block at Alloa Sheriff Court in Clackmannanshire at about 0950 BST on Thursday.

Witnesses said he slipped off his handcuffs and ran off towards the town centre.

Police said that Haggerty, from George Street in Paisley, was last seen in the Burghmews area of the town.

A spokesperson said no-one had been injured during the incident.

Police office

"However, the prisoner's recent behaviour suggests that he may be a danger to the public," said the spokesperson.

Superintendent Tom Barker said: "An investigation is currently underway in respect of the circumstances surrounding this incident, however, my main concern at the present time is public safety.

"I would advise members of the public that if they see this prisoner, are aware of his movements since 0950 this morning, or have any knowledge of his present whereabouts, they should not approach him, but contact their nearest police office as soon as possible."

Assault charge

Mr Haggerty is said to be 6ft 3ins tall, with receding fair/blonde hair, blue deep-set eyes and a small scar on his left cheek.

He was wearing a blue long-sleeved checked shirt and blue denim jeans.

He had been due to stand trial on a charge of assaulting a prison officer at Glenochil jail last August while serving a sentence.

Mr Haggerty denied the charge.

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