(Nanaimo RCMP)

A warrant has been issued for the arrest of a violent offender they believe is in the Nanaimo area.

Stuart Forrest, a 31-year-old man with connections throughout central Vancouver Island, is wanted for breach of probation.

He is considered violent, with a history of possessing weapons including replica firearms.

Forrest is described as a white male, 5 feet 9 inches tall, 190 pounds, with short brown hair and blue eyes. He also has numerous tattoos.

The warrant was issued by the Abbotsford Police Department. Nanaimo RCMP are investigating locally.

Anyone with information on the whereabouts of Stuart Forrest is asked to call the Nanaimo RCMP non-emergency line at 250-754-2345.

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