Police believe fugitive may be back in town

A north east man serving a life sentence for an armed robbery in Blyth has escaped prison.

Steven Antwiss, 43, absconded from custody at HMP Sudbury last month.

Now following enquiries to trace him it is now believed he could be in Blyth.

Antwiss was serving a life sentence for an armed robbery at the Waterloo Road Social Club back in 2005.

There is not believed to be any risk to the wider public.

Acting Chief Inspector Dave Harris said: “We’re working with Derbyshire Constabulary to trace this man and enquiries suggest he is in the Blyth area.

“I would urge anyone who has any information about his whereabouts to contact police so he can be returned to prison.

“Anyone who is found to be assisting or harbouring an absconder should be also be warned they will also face being arrested.”

Anyone who knows his whereabouts is urged to contact Northumbria Police on 101 or the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.

Information given to Crimestoppers that leads to an arrest and conviction could result in a reward of up to £1,000.