Missing man accused of rape arrested in Spain

James Clacher, 55, was reported missing in North Lanarkshire in May 2022.

Police Scotland said James Clacher was arrested in Spain
Police Scotland said James Clacher was arrested in Spain (Andrew Milligan/PA)

A Scottish man accused of rape who went missing two years ago faces being extradited to the UK after being arrested in Spain.

James Clacher, of Bellshill, North Lanarkshire, was reported missing from the nearby town of Airdrie in May 2022.

He was facing trial on rape charges at the time.

Police Scotland said on Wednesday: “James Clacher, 55, reported missing from Bellshill on Monday May 30, 2022 has been traced.”

It is understood he was arrested in Spain on Tuesday on an international arrest warrant.

A Police Scotland spokesperson said: “A 55-year-old man was arrested on an international arrest warrant in Spain on Tuesday May 21, 2024.

“We are liaising with partner agencies, and he will be subject to extradition proceedings.”

The gym boss was last seen in Airdrie at about 4pm on Monday May 30, 2022.

His car, a Suzuki Swift, was found at the Loch Long car park in Arrochar, Argyll and Bute, the following day.