Urgent ‘do not approach’ 999 warning for man spotted in Manchester


Police have issued an urgent ‘do not approach’ warning after a man absconded during a visit from a secure unit.

Shaun Paul Smith went missing during the visit to Preston from the unit last Thursday (April 25), police said. Officers now believe Shaun, who may also go by the name Aemon Martin, is in Manchester.

He was spotted in the Tesco Express in Piccadilly Gardens at around 8.30am yesterday morning (Tuesday, April 30). Police said members of the public should ‘remain vigilant’ and call 999 if they see him.

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Shaun was also spotted on Bank Street in Rawtenstall last Friday. He is described as being a white man of slim build. He has gray hair, a beard and mustache.

He was last seen wearing a hat, with cream jeans, a grey/red t-shirt, gray cardigan and black coat. He was also wearing black trainers and a backpack, Greater Manchester Police said in an appeal.

Police are now trying to track down Shaun Paul Smith(Image: GMP)

Officers also shared a number of pictures of him, including two CCTV images. In a post on social media, GMP said: “#APPEAL | You may have seen our colleagues from Lancashire Police appeal for your help to find Shaun Paul Smith, who was acquitted during a visit to Preston from a secure unit on Thursday 25 April.

“Through in-depth inquiries we now believe he is in Manchester and our officers are investigating. We’re now refreshing the appeal for Shaun, who may also go by the name Aemon Martin. “

Shaun Paul Smith has been spotted in Rawtenstall and Manchester(Image: GMP)

Officers added: “We’re asking the public to remain vigilant and report any sightings to us and if you see him, please do not approach him but contact us on 999 quoting Log 1118 of 30/4/2024.”

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