Police hunt convicted murderer

William Kerr. (s)

William Kerr. (s)

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Police are urgently appealing for help in locating a convicted murderer who is on the run.

William Kerr (53) is wanted for emergency recall to prison, after he breached his release licence.

People are asked not to approach him but call the police immediately on 999.

Kerr was jailed for life at Leeds Crown Court in June 1998, and released on licence in 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 inquiries to locate him as a matter of urgency.

Det. Insp. 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 photos.

“We ask that you do not approach Kerr, as he is considered dangerous. You should contact the police straight away on 999 and officers will be despatched to arrest him or investigate the sighting.”

Det. Insp. 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.”

Anybody with any information should ring 999 or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111 quoting North Yorkshire Police reference number 12150049525.