DETECTIVES hunting an on-the-run sex beast have arrested a 45-year-old man in the Republic.
Lorcan Halton was detained by Gardai in Co Cavan on Wednesday evening.
Earlier this week a search was launched for the Glaswegian pervert , who did not attend a scheduled court date on 15 January.
He was last seen at Cairnryan, Dumfries and Galloway, on 9 January, where he boarded a ferry to Belfast.
On Monday, police appealed for the public’s assistance after extensive inquiries proved unsuccessful.
The public had been warned not to approach him.
Halton was described as white, about 6ft tall and of medium build with brown hair. He has a distinctive scar on his right arm.
When he was last seen he was wearing dark jeans and a shirt.
Det Insp Craig Willison, of Police Scotland, said: “Mr Halton was due to attend court on 15 January but failed to appear and has not been seen since, although further inquiries revealed a sighting of him in Cairnryan on Thursday 9 January 2014 where he was boarding a ferry bound for Belfast.
“I would ask anyone who has seen Mr Halton, or who has any information regarding his whereabouts to contact Police Scotland.
“I would advise that no one approaches him, but rather contact police immediately.”
Anyone who knew of Halton’s whereabouts was urged to ring the PSNI on 101.
He is now expected to face a hearing in the Republic pending his extradition back to Scotland under a European Arrest Warrant.