A MANHUNT for a missing prisoner who fled from Dunfermline Police Station yesterday (Monday) remains ongoing.
It is understood that a 33-year-old man pushed a security guard to the ground before fleeing the scene at around 9.10am.
The man was being taken from police custody to a secure vehicle prior to a court hearing when he was able to escape.
Security firm GeoAmey, who are responsible for transferring prisoners to court, said an investigation is underway into the incident.
A spokesperson said: “Whilst taking an offender to a waiting vehicle, the escorting officer was knocked to the ground which allowed the person to escape custody.
“Our officer did not sustain any serious injuries and an investigation into the circumstances will be carried out.”
Police deployed a helicopter as an effort to find the man was launched with officers also searching the local area on foot.
And they confirmed this morning (Tuesday) that the prisoner remains at large.
A Police Scotland spokesperson said: “Police in Fife are carrying out search activity in the Dunfermline area after a 33-year-old man escaped from GeoAmey staff and made off from Dunfermline Police Station at around 9.10am on Monday 19th August.
“Inquiries to trace this male are ongoing.”
While Police Scotland could not reveal what the man was alleged to have done, the authority is hopeful they may be able to release further information later today.
Dunfermline MSP Shirley-Anne Somerville commented that GeoAmey would have to take “full responsibility” for the incident.
She said: “This incident is very concerning and I hope the individual is apprehended as soon as possible.
“I received an update from police locally, who I am confident will be doing all they can to trace this individual.
“Quite frankly, incidents like this should not be occurring, GeoAmey have to take full responsibility and explain why a routine prisoner transfer has gone so wrong.
“GeoAmey must recognise the concern this incident has caused to the general to public, and the financial cost this manhunt will have in terms of the police resources being used.”