On the run Gar­i­falou says he won’t be hand­ing him­self in to po­lice

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AN­DREW BARGH

A dan­ger­ous fugi­tive be­ing hunted by Coat­bridge po­lice has con­tacted his fam­ily to protest his in­no­cence and de­clare that he won’t hand him­self in.

Last week, Po­lice Scot­land is­sued a plea to the pub­lic for help in trac­ing An­dreas Gar­i­falou, which also car­ried a warn­ing not to ap­proach him.

The 31- year- old hit the head­lines in Novem­ber last year when we re­ported on how Karine Cor­ner – the mother of his two chil­dren – claimed he had kid­napped them from their gran’s house in Coat­bridge.

The chil­dren, aged eight and three, were re­turned to Karine three days af­ter the case was re­ported by the Ad­ver­tiser’s sis­ter paper the Daily Record, but po­lice have now been try­ing to track down Gar­i­falou since Novem­ber 23.

Gar­i­falou’s sis­ter San­dra con­tacted the Record fol­low­ing a po­lice ap­peal ear­lier this week and said her brother in­tends to stay on the run.

She said: “An­dreas has called me to­day and I can as­sure you he is not miss­ing – no one in his im­me­di­ate fam­ily has re­ported him miss­ing.”

When asked if her brother would be get­ting in touch with po­lice af­ter their ap­peal to trace him, she added: “I don’t be­lieve any­one would, un­til they have a fair hear­ing.”

San­dra also said Gar­i­falou does not be­lieve he was wrong to take his chil­dren in Novem­ber.

Ac­cord­ing to San­dra, her brother took the kids but al­lowed his son and daugh­ter to speak to their mum on his phone to as­sure her they were OK.

She said: “An­dreas was ad­vised by so­cial work that he was well within his rights.”

Mum Karine re­vealed last week that she was ter­ri­fied that Gar­i­falou would turn up at her home while be­ing hunted by po­lice.

Karine begged the pub­lic to tell po­lice if they see him, say­ing: “They need to find him. I don’t feel safe in my home. I’m mov­ing from here be­cause I don’t feel safe.

“This is my dream home and I feel I’m be­ing forced out.

“I have an in­ter­dict so he can’t con­tact me but I still get text mes­sages and pic­tures sent from dif­fer­ent num­bers.

“This house is meant to be my safe place for me and my kids – I just can’t live here any more.

“This has never been prop­erly tack­led by the po­lice.

“They have said he is 36, but he is 31, and where they men­tion his mid­dle name, they have spelled it wrongly.

“Are they se­ri­ous about track­ing him down?”

Gar­i­falou is de­scribed as white, Scot­tish and 5ft 11in. He has brown hair and brown eyes and is of medium build.

He has his first name, “An­dreas”, tat­tooed on his left arm.

Gar­i­falou has fam­ily mem­bers in Town­head and also links to Air­drie; and is known to fre­quent a num­ber of gyms in the La­nark­shire area.

De­spite ex­ten­sive en­quiries by the po­lice, they have been un­able to lo­cate him.

Po­lice look­ing for Gar­i­falou said: “We are ap­peal­ing for any­one who has in­for­ma­tion re­gard­ing his where­abouts to come for­ward and con­tact us.

“We would also em­pha­sise that if seen, the pub­lic should not ap­proach him and should con­tact po­lice on 101.”

Fugi­tive Po­lice have warned the pub­lic not to ap­proach Gar­i­falou, who they have been try­ing to trace since late Novem­ber

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