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manhunt underway UK Police warn public not to approach missing Irish man who absconded from prison

Edward ‘Ned’ Cawley (21) was last seen on Tuesday at HMP Springhill in Buckinghamshire.

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Edward ‘Ned’ Cawley

Edward ‘Ned’ Cawley

Edward ‘Ned’ Cawley

UK POLICE have warned the public not to approach an Irish man who absconded from prison where he had been serving a sentence for raiding the homes of two elderly women.

Edward ‘Ned’ Cawley (21) was last seen on Tuesday at HMP Springhill in Buckinghamshire.

A police spokesperson said: “We are appealing for the public’s help in locating Cawley. If you see him, please do not approach him but call 999 instead.”

They asked anyone who has any information to call Thames Valley Police quoting reference number 43210025085.

Cawley got six years in prison at Luton Crown Court in May 2019 following two terrifying burglaries targeting elderly women the previous year.

In one incident a 90-year-old woman was woken by someone saying ‘hello’. Her bedroom light was then switched on and she saw two teenage boys in her bedroom, with their faces covered.

They repeatedly asked her if she had any money and searched her house, emptying cupboards and throwing her belongings to the floor.

A number of items were taken, including her handbag, bank cards, a bin from her bedroom and a dressing gown that she kept in the hallway in case she needed to go to hospital quickly, it was heard in court.

On the same night in a second incident an 82-year-old woman was woken at around 11.45pm by someone shaking her, and saw two people in her bedroom, one holding a knife and a screwdriver.

One then asked her where her money was, before taking a pink pillowcase and filling it with items from her bedroom. He then left the room to search the rest of the house, before coming back and trying to take her jewellery box.

As she made a grab for it to try and stop him taking it, she cut her finger. When she asked if she could get a towel to stop her finger bleeding, the two teenagers said no.

They left the house when she told them that a defibrillator was an alarm, and she rang the police.

Police on patrol in the area found the Cawley and the younger teenager in a white car and were arrested after a short chase.

Detective Constable Jason Wheeler, who investigated the incidents, said at the court hearing: “To threaten two elderly women in their homes, where they are supposed to feel safe, is disgusting.

“I hope the boys seriously think about what they put these two women through, and realise that they should be utterly ashamed of their actions.

“I have kept in touch with both the elderly victims throughout the investigations, and naturally they were left shaken. “

“Although it won’t change what they were put through, I hope the victims have been able to gain some sense of justice following their ordeals. I hope it also shows other people that if you target vulnerable or elderly people in the same way, we will do what we can to find you and put you behind bars.”

In a statement read out in court, the 90-year-old victim said: “I am an independent woman, but do suffer with osteoarthritis. I feel lucky that I was not hurt as I had heard about a 98-year-old man was found lying on the floor after his burglary recently in the news.

“I feel sorry for these men who break into houses and steal things as they should be more useful in life. They took my £40 cash which was more of a nuisance. I’m not going to let these people change who I am.”

Both teenagers were also found not guilty of a further two attempted burglaries on the same night.


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