Police seek prison abscondee

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Date of Incident: 20th May 2014
Location of incident: Thorn Cross prison

Police are still appealing for information as to the whereabouts of John Arnold.

Arnold absconded from custody along with Anthony Peloe on Tuesday morning. Peloe is currently in police custody but Arnold remains outstanding and police continue to appeal for information concerning his whereabouts.

Both men were placed at Thorn Cross open prison in Warrington, Cheshire. They were found to be missing around 1030 a.m. on Tuesday 20 May 2014 by prison officials, who immediately reported the matter to Cheshire Police.

At around 21.30 yesterday evening, Merseyside Police made contact with Cheshire to advise that Anthony Peloe had been sighted and arrested at an address on Tarbock Road, Speke.

Cheshire Police are still appealing for information relating to Arnold.

Details of the prisoner

John Arnold

04/06/1983 (30 years) was convicted of robbery on 8 May 2006. He was sentenced to 2 years imprisonment, also with an indeterminate sentence. He is described as a white man, around 5' 11" tall, and slim in build. He has brown hair and brown eyes. He may also be wearing prison issue green trousers.

Can you help?

Police are appealing to anybody who may have seen the man, since 10.30am on Tuesday morning, or have any information regarding his current whereabouts, to make contact with them using the police non-emergency number 101, and quoting incident 306 of 20/05/2014. Although the man has been risk assessed for open conditions, police are advising as a precaution not to approach him - anyone who sees him is advised to immediately ring 999.

Cheshire Police are making every effort to locate the man including liaising with colleagues in other Forces.  My advice to any member of the public who sees him is not to approach him, but to immediately ring police on 999. I would also ask members of the public to be mindful that the man remains outstanding, and despite the hot weather, be cautious about leaving your house or car insecure with an open window. If you have any concerns at all, contact your local police station.

- Supt Martin Cleworth of Warrington police


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