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Man who escaped from prison in Dundee is found

An appeal has been launched by police to find a man who escaped from prison in Dundee
An appeal has been launched by police to find a man who escaped from prison in Dundee

A man who escaped from a prison in Dundee and may have fled to Paisley has been found.

John Paul Lynch is an inmate at Castle Huntly, Scotland’s only open prison, and was reported missing at 6.45pm on Thursday.

The 45-year-old absconded prisoner is originally from Paisley and police thought he may return there.

After an appeal to find him was launched on Saturday, officers confirmed on Sunday morning that he had been found.

A Police Scotland spokesperson said: “John Paul Lynch, who had absconded from HMP Castle Huntly, Dundee, on Thursday, has been traced and returned to prison.

“A report will be submitted to the Procurator Fiscal.

HMP Castle Huntly

Castle Huntly is found seven miles west of Dundee in Longforgan.

It can hold as many as 285 low supervision adult male offenders.

Following a robust risk management process and time in closed conditions, offenders can go to Castle Huntly to prepare for release.

There is a focus on personal responsibility, becoming ready to work and aims at reducing the risk of reoffending.

What does absconding mean?

Absconding refers to an escape that does not involve overcoming a physical security restraint such as a wall or fence.

People can only abscond from open prisons.

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