MORE than 1,200 people were reported missing in Glasgow between April and November this year.

Of the 1,209 more than half were men, 155 were deemed high risk, 460 involved mental health concerns, 612 reports related to people under 20 years old, and 81 people over the age of 60 were reported missing.

Police Scotland has been working on a scheme to help look after young people in care who might not return home by a designated time.

They have also teamed up with Barnardos to help vulnerable young people. An update was brought before Safe Glasgow partnership on Thursday.

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Superintended Gary I’Anson said: “As you know missing people are taken really seriously by the police and partners and if someone is judged as high risk that instigates a huge amount of investigation with a superintendent overseeing that.

“We also looked at a risk-assessed approach when someone doesn’t come home and allow the staff to carry out enquiries themselves prior to phoning the police and cutting down that negative contact with the police.

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“We have had positive feedback from the young people concerned. We will look at a city-wide rollout in the early part of 2021.

“There has been a real reduction in the number of people reported missing compared to last year and police being called to units.

“The Herbert Protocol is a nationally recognised scheme which we have adopted. It’s about gathering critical information in advance of an elderly person wandering off.

“We look at their habits and where they would go so the police can hit the ground running if they do go missing. We have had really positive feedback which is a step in the right direction.”