Dangerous Burnley convict escapes prison

Arrested: Ricardo Dunn
Arrested: Ricardo Dunn
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A dangerous Burnley criminal is being hunted by police after absconding from prison.

Thames Valley Police is appealing for the public’s help to trace Ricardo Dunn and another man who absconded from a prison in Buckinghamshire.

Dunn (32) absconded from HM Spring Hill open prison in Grendon Underwood in the early hours of Sunday morning.

He was serving an indeterminate sentence following a conviction for GBH with intent in Burnley, where he assaulted a man following a verbal altercation in the street in 2009.

Darren Douglas (46) originally from Birmingham, also absconded. He was serving a life sentence for a murder he committed in Birmingham in 1998, where he stabbed a man during an altercation outside a pub.

Chief Insp Olly Wright, deputy local policing commander for the Aylesbury Vale area, said: “We are keen to speak to anyone who may have seen these men in the area and can provide us with information about their movements.

“These men were both convicted for violent offences and I would advise anyone who sees them, to not approach them and call police immediately.

“Both men have links with other areas so may have travelled out of the Thames Valley to those areas. I would like to remind people that it is a criminal offence to harbour these men and anyone caught doing so would be arrested.”

Anyone with information about the location of these men should contact Thames Valley Police via the 24-hour Enquiry Line.

If you don’t want to speak directly to the police, you can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers (opens new window) anonymously on 0800 555 111. No personal details are taken, information is not traced or recorded and you will not go to court.