SCOTTISH police have launched a website which will only post messages in Polish.

The Szkocka Policja page on social media website Facebook will post messages and appeals for Polish people living in Scotland.

Senior officers hope the initiative will be "overcome language barriers".

Glasgow has a large Polish community and local residents, who have moved from Eastern Europe, will l now be able to read posts in their native language.

Chief constable Sir Stephen House said: "The Polish community is growing in Scotland, so it’s important we use all mediums to try and contact them."

Recent figures revealed that there are around 85,000 Polish nationals living in Scotland.

A statement from Police Scotland read: "Polish speakers in Scotland now have the ability to interact with us through a dedicated Facebook site in their native language, thanks to an initiative launched jointly by Chief Constable Sir Stephen House and Polish Consular General to Scotland, Mr Dariusz Alder.

"The Facebook page allows Police Scotland to deliver a bespoke service to the Polish community in Scotland with an appropriate focus on issues, concerns and engagement which is of interest to them."

It comes as the Evening Times revealed a Polish thug is a top target on a list of Scotland's most-wanted criminals.

Patryk Jakubowksi was convicted in Poland of carrying out a robbery and making threats - but is thought to have fled to Glasgow.

Police have so far failed to trace the 29-year-old and he has since been named on an FBI-style hit list of dangerous criminals on the run.

Police Scotland confirmed Jakubowksi failed to attend the detention centre to serve his sentence and is now wanted on a European Arrest Warrant.

He is described as 6ft tall, of slim build, with blond hair and grey eyes.

Police said Jakubowksi "is believed to be in the greater Glasgow area and actively avoiding the police".

A police spokesman said: "Police Scotland is appealing to the public for any information they have which could help trace him.

"If you have seen him or know someone who may have information of his whereabouts, please contact Police Scotland on 101.

He joins a host of other fugitives on the Most Wanted list launched by Police Scotland earlier this year, including Derek "Deco" Ferguson, who is wanted in connection with the death of a barman, and machete thug Jonathan Kelly, from Drumchapel.