Operation Hunter update: Another wanted man arrested

Tuesday, November 9, 2021

A man wanted as part of Operation Hunter has been arrested.

Leigh Riley, 46, from Morecambe who was wanted in connection with an assault and criminal damage at an address in Preston was arrested this morning and is currently in custody.


This comes after Simon Long, 41, from Southport was arrested and charged with criminal damage over the weekend.

Thank you to everyone who shared our earlier appeals for information.

That's eight down, one to go of the latest Operation Hunter most wanted individuals.

Launched in July, Operation Hunter sees taskforce officers from across the Force as well as specialist units including Tactical Operations and the ANPR intercept teams target individuals wanted for a range of offences including domestic abuse, sexual offences and general criminality.

We arrest a significant number of people who are wanted as part of our daily business. However, a small number of people will do all that they can to evade capture by the Police and go to ground.

If you recognise the remaining outstanding wanted man please contact us on 101 quoting log number 0526 of October 6.



Samuel Madine

Wanted in connection with a serious assault in Blackpool.

Madine, of Dickson Road, has been wanted since July following the assault. 

The 33-year-old is described as 5ft 11in tall of stocky build with short dark brown hair and blue eyes.

As well as Blackpool Madine has links to Bispham and Fleetwood.

Anyone with information is asked to contact 101 or you can contact Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.


*Anthony Eastham, 29, of Ashton-on-Ribble wanted for breaching the terms of his licence was arrested on October 11 and has since been recalled to prison. 

* Joel Ludlum, 26, of Kime Street, Burnley has been arrested today (October 15) and recalled to prison to serve the remainder of his sentence for burglary. 

* Adam Hulme, 30, from Longridge handed himself in on Monday (October 11) following our appeals to locate him after he failed to appear at Preston Magistrates Court in July. 

* Reece Murgatroyd, 22, of no fixed address, who was wanted on prison recall and on suspicion of possessing an offensive weapon, was arrested at an address in Padiham yesterday (October 10).

Murgatroyd was arrested on suspicion of dangerous driving, Section 18 Assault, affray and possession of an offensive weapon. He remains in custody at this time and will be recalled to prison in due course.

* Andrew Durnion, 32, of no fixed address, was arrested on recall to prison. He has now been transferred to prison. 

*Following our appeals for information a 35-year-old man from Morecambe was arrested in connection with an investigation into harassment and stalking. He has since been released with no further action.

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