Police appeal for help tracing prison abscondee

DETECTIVES investigating a post office robbery that left two people seriously injured are trying to trace a man who absconded from prison – and they think he might be in Brigg.

The incident happened at about 2.50pm on Monday, May 21 when a man entered the East Common Lane Post Office in Scunthorpe and managed to steal some cash.

The robbery left two staff members - a man and woman, both in their 60s – with serious injuries which are thought to have been caused when the suspect lashed out at them with a weapon as they tried to stop him from taking the cash.

The man and woman were taken to hospital for treatment and the suspect is thought to have left the scene on foot taking the cash with him.

Detectives are keen to speak to Eithan Teanby, 40, in connection with the investigation as he may be able to help with inquiries.

Mr Teanby had been on weekend release from HMP North Sea Camp in Boston and is thought to have visited the Scunthorpe area where he still has connections. He was due to return to North Sea Camp on the evening of Monday, May 21 but failed to do so and is now at unlawfully at large.

Police are growing concerned as the last sighting of Mr Teanby was at around 4.45pm on May 21 when he travelled from Scunthorpe to Brigg in a taxi but he has not been seen or made contact with friends, family members or the prison since this time.

Det Insp John Symes said: “We are growing concerned as it appears Mr Teanby has not been seen or heard from by family members and has now seemingly absconded from HMP North Sea Camp after failing to return to prison following a weekend release.

“My understanding is that Mr Teanby is currently taking prescription medication and we have concerns that he may not have access to his required dosage.

“We are keen to locate Mr Teanby who is currently unlawfully at large as not only should he be returned to prison but he may also be able to assist us with our ongoing investigation into the robbery at the Post Office on East Common Lane in Scunthorpe.

“Two members of staff suffered serious injuries when the tried to stop the suspect from stealing a quantity of cash so it is important that we arrest the person responsible for this incident in order to prevent them from carrying out any further robberies.

“I would urge the public not to approach Mr Teanby as he may present a threat while trying to avoid returning to prison so my plea to the public is a simple one, if you see Mr Teanby or know of his current whereabouts please call police right away.”

Eithan is described as white man, 5ft 8ins to 5ft 9ins tall, of a stocky build and with dark brown greying hair. He was last seen to be wearing a faded navy coloured t shirt, red or brown coloured hooded tracksuit style top, light coloured jeans, a red coloured baseball cap and sand coloured boots. He was carrying a long black holdall. He was not thought to have been wearing spectacles.

Mr Teanby’s details have been circulated across all UK police forces and a number of attempts have been made to locate him in the Scunthorpe, Brigg and Leicester areas. So far he remains at large however he may not be in the North Lincolnshire area any more.

Eithan is not to be approached by members of the public and anyone who sees him should call police right away.

Eithan or anyone who knows his current whereabouts should contact Humberside Police by calling either 999 or 101 quoting log 354 of May 21, 2012.