Search continues for prison absconder

Saturday, September 28, 2019

POLICE are continuing to appeal for help to trace prison absconder Hughie Scanlon.

Scanlon absconded from HMP Kirkham on Thursday (September 26) sometime between 10.30am and 12.30pm.

Scanlon was jailed for life at the Old Bailey in March 1997 for manslaughter.

The last confirmed sighting of 64-year-old was seen around 6pm on Thursday close to the Cenotaph off the Promenade. He was approached by a member of the public and made off from the scene. At that time he was wearing a green cagoule and blue jeans.

Police believe he was also near the Albert and Lion pub on the Promenade at about 3.30pm on Thursday.

We are appealing for anyone who has seen him or who may have been travelling near Kirkham prison around the time he went missing, near the Albert and Lion at about 3.30pm or The Cenotaph at 6pm on Thursday and who may have dashcam footage to come forward.

Scanlon is described as 14stone and around 5ft 9in tall. He has grey hair and brown eyes. He has burns to the left side of his face and both legs and has tattoos with ‘Hughie’ and a Saint on his right forearm and a cross on his left forearm.

He has links to Daventry in Northants, the Victoria area of London and Furness Green in West Sussex.

Det Insp Alisa Wilson, of Blackpool Police, said: “We are doing all we can to trace Scanlon but we need the public’s help to try and find him. We believe he could still be in the Blackpool area and I would urge anyone who has seen him or knows where he may be to get in touch with us as a matter of urgency.

“I would also encourage Scanlon to do the right thing and come forward.”

Police are urging people not to approach Scanlon as he could pose a risk, especially to men, but to call police if he is seen.

There is a possibility he could be begging in the town centre of Blackpool.

If you have any information please call 101 quoting log number 731 of 26th September or email [email protected]

For immediate sightings call 999

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