Prisoner on run from open prison after Christmas leave is traced

An inmate in an open jail who failed to return from Christmas home leave has been traced.

Raymond Byrne, 47, was due to return to Castle Huntly prison, near Dundee, at the weekend after spending the festive season in his home town of Irvine.

Byne was convicted of assault at the High Court in Aberdeen in May 2011 and sentenced to four and a half years in prison.

Tayside Police said there had been a confirmed sighting of the prisoner in Irvine town centre on Thursday afternoon, when he was wearing a white Celtic football shirt, dark blue jeans and a dark blue checked jacket. He was carrying a blue holdall.

The force confirmed on Thursday that he had been traced. Members of the public were thanked for their assistance.

The Scottish Prison Service said all of the 108 prisoners let out for Christmas had been fully risk assessed, following a spate of absconding incidents in recent years.

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