THREE men from Chester are on the run from police after they were recalled to complete prison sentences – including one who has been at large for nearly eight years.
The trio, who were granted early release from custody, breached conditions of their licence.
The three men are among 1,000 criminals confirmed to be wanted by police nationwide.
Cheshire Constabulary is one the few police forces to have taken the decision to make the statistics public as they try to bring the county’s 10 criminals at large to justice.
Michael Quirk, 24, is wanted by police after he failed to attend appointments with his supervising officer. He was released from prison on June 28, 2007, after serving part of a four-and-a-half year sentence for possession of a class A drug with intent to supply.
Colin Philip Shaw, 28, from Chester, was serving a 22-month sentence for burglary when he was released on April 24, this year. He is wanted by police after he also failed to attend supervision appointments.
The third Chester man confirmed to be at large is Gary James Evans, 38, who has been on the run for almost eight years.
Evans, who was convicted of burglary, was released on December 21, 2001, and is wanted by police after he failed to reside at an approved address.
Cheshire Police are hoping that by issuing images of the criminals, the public will help return them to custody.
DCI Brian Roberts, deputy director of intelligence, said: “As a force we act tirelessly and expeditiously with the probation service in monitoring and apprehending those who breach the terms of their licence, showing no regard for the law and the restrictions placed on them.
“Protecting the public and making our residents feel safe is our main priority and tracing those serious offenders who remain at large.”
Anyone with information should call 0845 458 0000 or details can be passed anonymously to the Crimestoppers team on 0800 555111.