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Dozens of ex-cons are on the run in England where Scottish police can not stop them

A shocking loophole in the law has allowed dozens of dangerous convicts released on labels to flee to England – where the Scottish police can not stop them.

An official prison monitoring report revealed last June that 26 Scottish prisoners were "illegally free" in England, half of the 54 who had escaped after being released on Home Detention Curfew tags ( HDC).

It was recommended to suspend this practice until communication with the authorities south of the border is improved.

The system's problems came after the murder of Craig McCelland in Paisley, the Daily Record reported.

The father of three children was stabbed to death by James Wright, 25, who had escaped the law for six months after destroying his label before conducting the random attack.

James Wright (photo) murdered Craig McClelland, father of three, while he was "illegally at large"

The assassination led the Scottish Prison Inspectorate (HMIPS) to order a review of the system last July.

"It should be seriously considered to temporarily suspend HDC outings from Scotland until a more rigorous communication protocol is developed between the Scottish Police of the Scottish Prison Service (SPS) and the Scottish Penitentiary Service (SPS). English authorities with regard to the licensing review and revocation process. "

The SPS was forced to review its procedures.

But rather than ending the practice of releasing prisoners to addresses in England, they instead identified contacts with the police forces of England and Wales.

The hope is that English officers will be able to locate offenders in areas where Scottish police have no jurisdiction.

An SPS response to the HMIPS recommendation added that information would be placed on the national police computer and on the Scottish police informed of the license violation.

The assassination of Mr. McClelland revealed the fault

Moira Ramage, a former District Attorney General and a member of the Scottish Parole Board, believes that Scottish prisoners should not be allowed to give out-of-country addresses for house arrest.

She said, "A prisoner should have to provide an address in Scotland before applying for a label.

"They should stay in an area where the Scottish police can stop them if necessary."

Neil Bibby MSP added: "Any loophole in the home-arrest curfew system that can put the public at risk must be shut down and quickly shut down.

"After the tragic assassination of Craig McClelland, confidence in the HDC has been seriously shaken and the Scottish government has a responsibility to act quickly and reassure the public."

Liam Kerr, spokesman for Scottish and Conservative Justice, said: "It should not be difficult to solve this problem, especially with regard to public security on both sides of the border.

"It's clear that the police here and in England need to work together to develop a plan."

The father of three children (photo) was killed after six months of escape from his aggressor

Of the 26 prisoners illegally released in England on June 18, 11 were re-detained prior to the release of the HMIPS report in October.

In the final draft provided by the SPS, notes indicated that five investigations were pending, while three others were still ongoing.

A small number of them were again in detention for separate cases.

A spokesman for the SPS said: "The Scottish police do not have jurisdiction in England, but the English forces can and they can act on future information via the national police computer, as it is the case in the past.

"The HMIPS recommendation was that a more rigorous communication protocol be put in place and we did it. The details are in the report.

He added that in the last 13 months, 42 of the 1349 prisoners released at home had been allowed to travel to England and that during this period, eight people who had fled had been released. detention.

A spokesman for the Scottish Government said: "Police Scotland and the SPS have worked together to establish a single point of contact in the 43 police forces of England and Wales, with clear procedures to alert the police. force concerned and the national probation service in the event of an offense. "

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Main reports of Mirror Online

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