'Violent high risk' prisoner Edward Stirling missing

Edward Stirling Edward Stirling has been known to carry weapons, police said

A "high risk" prisoner with a history of violence has gone missing while on licence from a jail in Rutland.

Edward Stirling, 46, was released from HMP Stocken on Wednesday but has failed to report to the address in Gloucester where he was expected, police said.

Members of the public have been warned not to approach him but to contact police.

He is known to have links to the Swindon and Thames Valley area, according to Wiltshire Police.

'Weapons'

Stirling is described as white, 1.7m tall (5ft 6in), with short cropped dark hair and speaks with a Northern Irish accent.

He has a tiger's head tattooed on his left arm and a saint symbol on his right arm.

Wiltshire Police said he was originally born in Lisburn, Northern Ireland, and has a history of violent offences.

"These include aggravated burglary, assault and false imprisonment. He has also been known to carry weapons," said a spokesperson.

He was serving a sentence for possession of a firearm with intent to cause violence, but was recently released on licence and was due to remain so until November 2016.

A Ministry of Justice spokesman said: "Offenders on licence must comply with a strict set of conditions to protect the public - and if they don't, they face going back to prison.

"We have toughened up sentences for offenders who go on the run after being recalled to custody and these criminals can now face an additional two years in prison."

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