A NATIONWIDE hunt was launched on Wednesday for a prisoner who tried to kill three women by setting fire to a flat in the Capital after he escaped from jail – only to be found behind bars after all.
Darren Clark was reported to be on the run from Castle Huntly prison and the public were warned to stay away because he posed a danger to them.
But it later emerged that by the time Clark was reported as an escapee he had already walked back into the jail and was no longer missing.
Police issued a plea for help in finding Clark, 26, on Wednesday – unaware that prison chiefs had found him back inside Castle Huntly several hours earlier.
Clark is serving ten years after attempting to murder three members of the same family by torching a ground-floor flat at Fort House in Leith, where hundreds of people were living, in 2009.
He poured petrol on the front door of the flat and set it alight while his ex-girlfriend Evelyn Ross, 20, was inside with her mother Janis Ross, 41, and sister Lisa Triplett, 17.
The High Court in Perth heard how Clark committed the offence shortly after being freed on bail by the High Court in Edinburgh in relation to another offence.