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Public asked not to approach Scots man missing and due to stand trial for rape

Members of the public have been asked not to approach James Clacher, from Bellshill, who has been missing for nearly two weeks.

James, 53, was last seen in Airdrie around 4pm on Monday, 30 May.

Officers traced his car, a Suzuki Swift, to the Loch Long car park in Arrochar, Argyll. It’s understood the keen hillwalker could also have travelled through the Tyndrum area.

A week from when he was reporting missing officers spoke to 90 people in the Arrochar and Tyndrum areas.

James has been missing for nearly two weeks

James is described as 5ft 6in tall, of athletic build and bald. When he was last seen he was believed to be wearing grey cargo style trousers with a black jacket or poncho, a black hat and black trainers.

Police previously said it was “completely out of character” for him to not be in contact with his family and friends.

It can be revealed he was due to stand trial in January next year for the alleged rape of two women.

He is accused of raping two women at addresses in Troon and Glasgow.

The first alleged rape is said to have been committed in August 2019 in the Ayrshire town. The second complaint was an alleged rape at a flat in The Gorbals in September 2020.

Clacher was due to stand trial at the High Court in Glasgow on January 16, 2023.

There are concerns now that he could have made his way onto the West Highland Way, popular with lone female hikers.

A source said they were concerned Clacher had initially been reported as a missing hiker, rather than someone who could potentially pose a danger to the public.

Anyone with information is asked to call police on 101 quoting reference 0985 of 31 May, 2022.


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