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Police arrest ‘high risk’ prisoner missing from MHP Stocken

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HMP Stocken

A violent offender who went missing after being released from prison on licence has been arrested.

Edward Stirling, who has previous convictions for false imprisonment, assault and possession of a firearm, was arrested in Birmingham city centre, Wiltshire Police said.

Stirling, 46, was released from HMP Stocken in Stretton on Wednesday morning and was due to travel by taxi and train to accommodation in Gloucester.

Police launched a hunt after he failed to report to the address as directed.

Tattooed Stirling, who speaks with a Northern Irish accent, was jailed in 2012 for possession of a firearm with intent to cause violence.

A Wiltshire Police spokesman said Stirling was a “high risk” prisoner, adding: “Wiltshire Police can confirm that Edward Stirling, who had absconded while on licence from HMP Stocken on Wednesday, has been located.

“Stirling was found and arrested in Birmingham city centre. He remains in custody at this time.

“Wiltshire Police would like to thank members of the public who assisted with our appeal for information.”

 

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