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Police hunt Salford man who escaped from Lancashire prison

Connor Smith-Macphee. Credit: Greater Manchester Police.

Police are hunting a man from Salford who has escaped from prison.

Connor Smith-Macphee, 21, was jailed for nine years in 2013 for conspiracy to rob, conspiracy to burglary, conspiracy to kidnap, possession of a firearm without authority and possession of a prohibited weapon.

He was recently re-categorised as a Category D prisoner and sent to Kirkham prison.

He fled the jail on February 22.

"Although Smith-McPhee was convicted of very serious offences and has committed a further offence to enable his escape on Friday we do not believe that he currently poses a risk to the general public.

“However, we obviously are keen to locate him, or for Connor to hand himself in to police as soon as possible.

“We believe others may be offering him refuge and those individuals are being warned that they too face possible arrest for shielding him from police.”

– DI Robert Cousen, Greater Manchester Police.
  • Anyone with information about Smith-McPhee's whereabouts is asked to call police on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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Merseyside police back new drug legislation

Merseyside police are backing a new drug drive law which comes into force today. It's now illegal to drive with certain drugs above specified blood levels in the body.

These limits are set at very low levels for eight illegal drugs, including cannabis and cocaine and eight medicines that have been set at a higher limit. Merseyside Police has been one of a number of forces who have equipped their custody suites with a device to test suspected drug drivers.

This new law states that it is an offence to drive with certain drugs above specified blood levels in the body, whether you’re driving impaired or not.

“As with alcohol, drugs do impair your ability to drive and is just as unacceptable. A drug drive conviction will have a serious effect on your life including a criminal record, a minimum 12 month driving ban and a fine of up to £5000. It could also cost you your job.”

– Sergeant Paul Mountford
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