Saturday 20 January 2018

British police on high alert after missing criminal 'Skull Cracker' sighted

Tom Pugh and David Wilcock

Violent armed robber Michael Wheatley, dubbed the "Skull Cracker", who went missing after temporarily being allowed out of jail has been seen in south west London, Scotland Yard said.

Police said they were called to an address in Twickenham last night following a sighting of the 55-year-old, who was given 13 life sentences in 2002 for a series of brutal raids on banks, but he was not found.

A statement form Scotland Yard said: "Police were called to an address in Twickenham at 19.55hrs on Monday May 5 following a sighting of Michael Wheatley - a prisoner who has failed to return to a prison in Kent.

"Upon arrival, officers searched the area. Wheatley was not found.

"Inquiries are continuing. The Met continues to work closely with Kent Police to trace Wheatley who is being sought for arrest by police.

"Anyone with any information or who sees Wheatley is asked not approach him and to contact police via 999."

The news of the sighting comes as the Prisons Minister said an urgent review was under way after Wheatley failed to return to HMP Standford Hill open prison on the Isle of Sheppey.

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