A convicted burglar who posed for selfies from his prison cell is on the run and wanted by Crimestoppers.
Michael Craggs, 24, was released on licence in December 2020 after serving part of his sentence for burglary, but has been on the run since April this year after breaching the terms of his licence.
Craggs, who has a Yorkshire accent, is thought to be in the Bradford or Leeds area of Yorkshire, or parts of Lincolnshire and it is believed that he is still involved in criminal activity.
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The convicted burglar made headlines in December 2018 after photographs emerged of him and some of his cellmates at HMP Doncaster posing for selfies, after smuggling mobile phones inside the prison.
A video clip from one of the smuggled phones shows prisoners playing pool, while a cell tour revealed designer tracksuits, a TV, games console and stash of food.
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Craggs was pictured alongside five other inmates “kicking back” while serving time for burglary, the Daily Mail reported.
Craggs had previously been so desperate to avoid prison that he swam a West Yorkshire canal and climbed a tree in a desperate bid for freedom.
During his trial for burglary, at Bradford Crown Court, in November 2018 the prosecution told the court that Craggs had first tried to evade police by speeding the wrong way down Bingley Bypass – resulting in a 90mph police chase.
He then ditched the stolen vehicle, leapt into the canal and tried to swim away, before finally being apprehended up a tree.
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Anyone with information about Craggs’ current whereabouts could be in with a chance of a reward up to £1,000 – provided information is passed directly to the charity, Crimestoppers.
Gemma Gibbs, Crimestoppers’ regional manager for Yorkshire and the Humber, said: “If you have information about where Michael Craggs is, you can speak to us completely anonymously by calling our UK Contact Centre which is open 24/7 on freephone number 0800 555 111 or you can use our simple and secure anonymous online form at www.crimestoppers-uk.org.
“We know it can be difficult to talk about crime or those involved in illegal activity, which is why our charity is here to help and to give people an option of remaining anonymous. If you are aware of Michael Craggs’ location and tell us, nobody will know you contacted us, only you, and you may be eligible for a reward.”
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