Public warned ‘do not approach’ escaped prisoner on the run

Police are warning people not to approach a wanted man who has escaped from prison.

Michael Ratcliffe absconded from HMP Thorn Cross in Warrington on Saturday morning.

Efforts to trace him are ongoing and detectives are appealing for the public to be vigilant.

Ratcliffe escaped the open jail at around 4.30am yesterday.

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The 34-year-old is described as being white, of slim build and having short dark hair.

He was last seen wearing a grey coat, black tracksuit bottoms and black gloves while carrying a green and white JD Sports bag.

He is linked to the Eccles area of Greater Manchester.

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Appealing for information Inspector Helen Cooper, of Cheshire Police, said: “I would like to assure members of the public that we are doing everything we can to find the escaped prisoner and return him to lawful custody.

“Michael Ratcliffe is from Salford and may be intent on heading back to that area.

“He might try to get a lift there, if he hasn’t already done so, or he may still be near the prison in Warrington that he escaped from.

“Whilst we do not believe that Ratcliffe poses a risk to the public, anyone who sees him is urged not to approach him but to call 999 as soon as possible.”

*Information can be given by calling Cheshire Police on 101, quoting the reference number 948418, or online here.

You can also contact Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.