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Fugitive burglar taunts police with Facebook messages

Tom Pugh

Published 11/12/2015 | 10:34

Sussex Police undated handout photo of fugitive Stephen Slark, who is wanted by police, has been taunting officers on a Facebook page appealing for the public's help to catch him Credit: Sussex Police/PA Wire
Sussex Police undated handout photo of fugitive Stephen Slark, who is wanted by police, has been taunting officers on a Facebook page appealing for the public's help to catch him Credit: Sussex Police/PA Wire

A fugitive wanted by police has been taunting officers on a Facebook page appealing for the public's help to catch him.

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Convicted burglar Stephen Slark, 38, from Southwick, West Sussex, is wanted for recall to prison after breaching the conditions of his release licence.

But while evading capture he has posted a Kermit the Frog meme as well as comments and "likes" on Sussex Police's Facebook page which features a mugshot of him.

When one person suggested he might be lying low in the Coates Court area, he replied: "Watling Court." And when another person wished him a happy Christmas, he wrote: "You have a good one too, fella."

One woman suggested she might have attended school with him, to which he said in a misspelt reply: "Yes, Sarah u was and if meromy serves me right u was chi way bk then."

Pictures of heavily-tattooed Slark striking poses, including one while sat on top of a police car, appear to have now been taken down from his account.

Sussex Police said they were aware of Facebook postings allegedly by Slark.

The Probation Service require his return to jail as he has not complied with licence conditions imposed at Lewes Crown Court following a one-year sentence for burglary in March, a police spokesman said.

He is described as white, 5ft 8in tall and stocky, with brown hair. Anyone with information is asked to call police on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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