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Police 'urgently' hunt 'violent' sex offender

Keith Russell is also known Trevor Byrne Photo: Lancashire Police

Police in Lancashire are urgently trying to locate a man with a history of violent and sexual offending recently released from prison.

Keith Russell, also known Trevor Byrne, 39, originally from Dublin was released from HMP Preston yesterday after he was recalled to prison in March for committing public order and firearm offences when he was on licence.

Yesterday, he was due to go to a bail hostel in Blackburn but failed to attend and is therefore in breach of his release conditions and is wanted.

Russell is described as:

  • White
  • Around 5ft 11ins tall
  • Of slim build
  • With short brown receding hair.
  • And speaks with an Irish accent

He also has possible links to the Merseyside area as well as Dublin.

DI Neil Marr from the Sex Offenders Management Unit said:

Keith Russell is known to have committed a number of violent and sexual offences in the past and so we want to find him as soon as possible.

We have a number of officers working to try and locate him. I would urge members of the public not to approach him but to call us on 999 immediately. If you have seen him, please let us know.

– DI Neil Marr