Appeal for Information - Operation Escalade

Published 11 February 2019

Due to ongoing legal considerations this statement has been considered and approved by the Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service.

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Police Scotland is appealing for information regarding the whereabouts of five men wanted in connection with a number of offences linked to serious organised crime.

European Arrest Warrants have been issued for James Gillespie (45), Barry Gillespie (41), James White (41), Christopher Hughes (30) and Jordan Owen (24).

All five men are wanted by detectives from Operation Escalade, the investigation into one of the country's top-tier serious organised crime groups.

The men are known to travel extensively worldwide, however their current whereabouts are unknown.

Detective Superintendent Stephen Grant said:

"Operation Escalade is an ongoing investigation into one of the country's top-tier serious organised crime groups.

"We are appealing to the public to come forward with any information they may have regarding the whereabouts of these named individuals who are wanted in connection with a number of serious offences.

"Anyone with information is asked to please contact Police Scotland via 101 or anonymously through Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111."


Contact Details

Call 101 for non-emergencies and general enquiries, in an emergency call 999. If you have information about a crime you can also contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.


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