Murderer on the run for 17 years among latest Ford Prison absconders most wanted appeal

Murderer on the run for 17 years among latest Ford Prison absconders most wanted appeal

Timothy O'Leary

Christopher Street

Derek Passmore

David Blood

Steven Evans

Arben Nuredini

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A murderer on the run from an open prison for more than 17 years is one of eight absconders police are now looking for help to catch in a fresh appeal.

Timothy O'Leary is one of eight men Sussex Police are calling on help from the public to help track down after going missing from Ford Prison over the past two decades.

The fresh appeal comes as the force was heavily criticised for issuing a warning about convicted murderer Robert Donovan last week – four years after he went missing from Ford.

But police have denied this latest appeal is in response to the criticism it has received.

The appeal features three convicted murderers while the remaining men were jailed for violent or robbery offences.

Four of the men are subject of new appeals including Mr O’Leary who was jailed for life for the murder of a fellow traveller in Warwickshire in September 1981.

The 59-year-old, who also uses the name Timothy McCarthy, absconded from Ford in March 1997.

New appeals have also been launched for Christopher Street, 62, who has been missing for more than 12 years after leaving Ford while serving a seven year sentence for robbery and firearms offences committed in August 1999.

Also wanted are Steven Evans, who has been missing since May 2013 after walking out on an assault conviction after attacking a man with a metal bar in a Southend car park and Arben Nuredini, 39 and also known as Arben Alizoti, who was serving a seven year sentence in December 2004 for wounding when he absconded from Ford Prison just a month later.

Sussex Police have also reiterated appeals for information for missing murderers Robert Donovan who was given a life sentence in 1974 and Derek Passmore, 49, who walked out of Ford Prison on day release a year ago during a his life sentence for the murder of a man in a street in Middlesex in October 1996.

Also missing are post office robber David Blood, 48, who left the prison on Thursday June 12 this year and burglar Craig Hayler, 30, who absconded from Ford in March.

Superintendent Lawrence Hobbs said: "We have assessed the cases of each and every prisoner who is currently wanted after absconding from Ford Prison and decided these men need our attention the most, considering how likely they could be to commit more crimes.

"We have no evidence that any of these men are a danger to the public but because of the offences they have previously committed we cannot rule it out.

"We need the public's help to track each and every one of them down and return them to custody.

"Some of the men may have absconded a number of years ago and may not have broken the law since then but justice has not been done in any of their cases as they still need to complete the sentences they were originally given.

"If you have any information at all about where they could be, please contact us."

 

 

 

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6:41pm Wed 18 Jun 14

Withdean-er says...

Could Navvi Tim be staying in a mobile home in Preston Park?

He certainly won't be back in the Republic of Ireland as their switched-on Government criminalised trespass a few years back.
Could Navvi Tim be staying in a mobile home in Preston Park? He certainly won't be back in the Republic of Ireland as their switched-on Government criminalised trespass a few years back. Withdean-er
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7:51pm Wed 18 Jun 14

John Steed says...

17 years ago, how deep is the in-tray that this snippet of information has been sitting at the bottom of?
17 years ago, how deep is the in-tray that this snippet of information has been sitting at the bottom of? John Steed
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8:47pm Wed 18 Jun 14

amexarena says...

This entire story is thoroughly bizarre. Almost as if, now that the media has taken an interest, the authorities suddenly think it might be worth looking for some of their missing prisoners. What has been the attitude thus far one wonders: how many gone missing overnight mate ? Oh, another one or two, but let's add them to the list and maybe shut the gate now and again shall we ? I'd have hoped our prison system is a bit more robust than this, but clearly it is ridiculous that someone can be "on the run" for 17 years without any special measures being taken. Why isn't there more indignation about this ?
This entire story is thoroughly bizarre. Almost as if, now that the media has taken an interest, the authorities suddenly think it might be worth looking for some of their missing prisoners. What has been the attitude thus far one wonders: how many gone missing overnight mate ? Oh, another one or two, but let's add them to the list and maybe shut the gate now and again shall we ? I'd have hoped our prison system is a bit more robust than this, but clearly it is ridiculous that someone can be "on the run" for 17 years without any special measures being taken. Why isn't there more indignation about this ? amexarena
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