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Scarborough man on the run

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Police in Scarborough are appealing for assistance to locate a wanted man who needs to be returned to prison.

Jack Gates, 21, whose last known address was in the town’s Trafalgar Square, has breached his prison release licence conditions after failing to attend appointments with the Probation Service and for poor behaviour.

He is suspected of taking a car without the owner’s consent and an attempted assault on the owner in Scarborough at about 6.30pm on Wednesday 9 January 2013.

The vehicle was found on its roof in woodland at Forge Valley by an off-duty police officer at 6.50pm the same day.

Gates was sentenced to 18 months in prison on 25 January 2012 for a “2-in-1 burglary” on Garfield Road,Scarborough, when car keys were taken from the house and the car was stolen. He was also charged with driving without a licence and insurance. The offence occurred on 25 July 2011.

He was released from prison under licence on 24 October 2012.

Following the Ministry of Justices’ instruction to recall Gates back to prison on 17 January 2013, North Yorkshire Police have been carrying out extensive enquires in and around the Scarborough area to find him. His details have also been circulated to all police forces in the country.

Officers are asking local residents to assist the search by reporting any sightings or information about Gates’ whereabouts to the police as soon as possible.

Jack Gates’ behaviour is completely unacceptable and has no place in our community.

He has shown a blatant disregard to the criminal justice system and the sooner he is returned to prison the better for everyone concerned.

– Acting Chief Inspector Paul Healy, of the Scarborough Safer Neighbourhood Team