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On-the-run prisoner contacts newspaper over ‘mistake’

An on-the-run prisoner wrote to his local paper to correct a ‘mistake’ police made in an appeal for information about his whereabouts.

Burglar Darrell Burbeary has been on the run for more than two weeks after escaping from Moorland Open Prison in Doncaster.

After he went missing, Sheffield daily The Star published an appeal by South Yorkshire Police saying they thought he could be heading for his home in the Heeley district of the city.

But the 43-year-old then contacted the Star to say he wasn’t from Heeley, but another area of Sheffield known as the Manor Estate.

In his letter to the paper he wrote:  “You wrote a statement about me saying my home roots were Heeley.

“You couldn’t be further from the truth.  My home roots are the Manor estate of Sheffield.”

He went on: “If you do any more write-ups about this please contact me.  Any doubts you may have, I will correct you. So please do not hesitate to phone me.”

But having initially put his phone number in the letter, he then appears to have realised it might lead to him being traced and scribbled the digits out.

The Star has since passed the letter to South Yorkshire Police who are continuing to track Burbeary’s whereabouts. He absconded from Moorland prison on Sunday 15 June.

The Star’s full story can be read here.


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  • July 1, 2014 at 11:51 am

    Priceless…I’m surprised he didn’t ask them to use a ‘nice’ picture of him while he was at it. The cheek of your average scumbag never fails to amaze.

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