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Hunt for "dangerous" man

Hunt for "dangerous" man

Published at 7:05pm 31st March 2015. (Updated at 9:59am 2nd April 2015)

Police in North Yorkshire are urgently looking for a convicted murderer who has breached the terms of his release from prison.

William Kerr, 53, who speaks with a Scottish accent, was jailed for life in 1998 and freed on licence on 23 January.

The National Offender Management Service contacted police after he absconded from approved premises in Hull.

Following extensive enquiries, officers believe that Kerr has travelled to the London area.

Detective Inspector 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 photograph.

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

DI Clarke has also appealed 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."

Anyone who has seen William Kerr or has information about his whereabouts is asked to dial 999 and pass details to North Yorkshire Police, stating the "William Kerr appeal".

Crimestoppers can also be contacted anonymously on 0800 555 111, quoting reference number 12150049525 and saying that it's "urgent".