Police offer £1k reward in hunt for escaped Hackney prisoner with links to Brent

Kerrigan has links to Brent

Kerrigan has links to Brent - Credit: Archant

Police are offering a £1,000 reward for information leading to the whereabouts of a prisoner with links to Brent who escaped from a mental health centre in Homerton.

Peter Kerrigan, 28, a convicted burglar, was on escorted leave from the John Howard Centre when he absconded on March 29.

Eight months on and there has been trace of him.

Kerrigan is from the Irish travelling community and was jailed for six years for preying on the elderly and vulnerable by pretending to be a police officer.

In addition to Brent, he also has links to Maidstone, Sussex, Peterborough, Lincolnshire, Leicester, Hackney, and Newham.

Detective Inspector Paul Ridley, from Hackney Police, said: “It has been eight months since Kerrigan absconded. He was jailed for committing crimes against the vulnerable and elderly and they still have to live with his actions. He needs to be returned to custody to serve the remainder of his prison sentence.

“I am convinced somebody knows of his whereabouts and would urge them to contact me or a member of my team. I can personally assure you that all information received will be treated in the strictest of confidence.”

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Officers advise anyone who sees Peter Kerrigan, or knows of his whereabouts, to call 999 immediately.

Alternatively call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.