Woods hunt for alleged sex offender

POLICE carried out a major search operation in woodland in West Lothian in the hunt for an alleged sex offender.

By The Newsroom
Wednesday, 14th September 2011, 6:17 pm

Teams of police officers with sniffer dogs searched wooded areas near Bellsquarry and West Calder last night.

A police helicopter was used in the joint operation between Lothian and Borders Police and their Strathclyde colleagues.

It is understood that police are looking for a convicted sex offender who was reported missing from Parkhead Hospital in Glasgow’s East End.

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Although the man has been reported as a missing person, he is not thought to be a risk to the general public.

The man is believed to have family connections near Livingston and may have been living rough in the countryside.

A Lothian and Borders Police spokeswoman said: “This person is wanted on warrant. We can’t say any more than that.”