Police appeal for information on missing prisoners

Missing prisoner John Harty
Missing prisoner John Harty

Derbyshire police are appealing for information about 24 men who are missing from a prison and are wanted for being unlawfully at large.

Several of the men have links with Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire and the police have now released photographs and details about the men in an attempt to track them down.

Twelve of the men either absconded from, or failed to return to, Sudbury open prison in Derbyshire between 1992 and 2006, at a time before the force made public appeals to help find absconders.

A further twelve men have left the prison since 2007 and although Derbyshire police have issued photographs and appeals to the public each time a prisoner has left the prison unlawfully, the force is now reissuing their photographs and details.

One of the men was serving a life sentence for murder, two for wounding and five were serving sentences for drug offences.

The other four were imprisoned for handling offences, burglary and fraud or deception.

Sudbury is an open prison and all the men have been deemed suitable for those conditions by prison authorities.

Missing prisoners with links to Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire include:

Christopher Crookshank (59) failed to return to the prison on October 22, 2001 following a period of temporary release.

He had been convicted on May 18, 2000 at Sheffield Crown Court and was serving a sentence of four years three months for deception offences.

He was described as white, 6’ tall, of stocky build, with blue eyes and thinning and greying ginger hair.

He is from the Nottingham area but had previously lived in the Sheffield area and had friends in the Long Eaton area of Derbyshire.

John Harty (26) absconded on April 30, 2014.

He was convicted on August 2, 2013 at Lincoln Crown Court and sentenced to four years’ imprisonment for burglary and assault offences.

He is described as white, 6’ 1” tall, of proportionate build and he has dark brown wavy hair, blue eyes and an Irish accent.

His last known address was in Bulwell, Nottinghamshire.

Michael Fien McCarthy (23) absconded overnight on June 17/18, 2014.

He was convicted at Nottingham Crown Court on September 19, 2013 to three years’ imprisonment for wounding with intent.

He is described as white, 5’11’ tall, of medium build, with blond hair and blue eyes and he has an Irish accent.

His last known address was in Hyson Green, Nottinghamshire.

Duc Vinh Le (40) absconded overnight July 15/16, 2014.

He was sentenced at Merthyr Tydfil Crown Court on June 7, 2012 and was serving an eight year sentence for cannabis production in Mid-Glamorgan.

Le is described as being 5’ 3” tall and of slim build.

He has connections in Nottingham, Birmingham and Wales.

Assistant Chief Constable Martyn Bates from Derbyshire Police said: “We’re asking the public to help us track down these men.

“We are doing everything possible to trace and arrest these outstanding prisoners and we have recently reviewed our processes.

“We have also increased dedicated resources to further improve our success but these men have eluded all our efforts to trace them.

“They could now be anywhere, living under different names, which is why we’re making this public appeal.

“We realise that the men are likely to have changed significantly since these photographs were taken but we hope the public will be able to give us information that will help us to make arrests.”

The police are appealing for anyone who knows the men or where they are contact the police or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

For a full list of the missing prisoners see: http://www.derbyshire.police.uk/News-and-Appeals/News/2014/August/29-August-Pictures-and-details-of-missing-prisoners-released-.aspx