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Police appeal for assistance to locate a convicted murderer

William Kerr 53 Convicted murderer

3:14pm 31st March 2015
(Updated 3:29pm 31st March 2015)

North Yorkshire Police are appealing for assistance in locating a convicted murderer who is wanted for emergency recall to prison, after he breached his release licence.

They say William Kerr,who's  53, needs to be arrested and returned to prison as a matter of urgency.

It's not thought he's anywhere in North Yorkshire although it's possible . North Yorkshire Police are involved because his probation officer is from Selby.

If you see him, you are asked not to approach him but instead to call the police immediately on 999.

Kerr was jailed for life for murder at Leeds Crown Court on 26 June 1998, and released on licence on 23 January 2015.

The National Offender Management Service contacted North Yorkshire Police for assistance after Kerr absconded from approved premises in Hull.

His current whereabouts are not known, however he is known to have links to the Humberside, West Yorkshire and London areas. Officers are currently conducting extensive enquiries to locate him as a matter of urgency.

Detective Inspector Eamonn Clarke, of North Yorkshire Police, said: “To assist our already extensive efforts to trace William Kerr, I am urging people to keep an eye out for the man in the photographs.

 “We ask that you do not approach Kerr, as he is considered dangerous. You should contact the police straight away.

DI Clarke is also appealing directly to Kerr: “William, you know you have breached your licence conditions, and by continuing to do so you are only making things worse. It is now time to do the right thing and hand yourself in to the police.”


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