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Prolific criminal recalled to prison after police discover makeshift hidey-hole

A prolific criminal was found hiding in a chest of drawers he’d modified to sneak into whenever our officers came knocking.

We paid a visit to the 38-year-old's house yesterday morning (Thurs) because he was wanted on recall to prison.

His partner and father were at home, but he appeared to have vanished.

But we weren’t convinced and carried out a more detailed search of the property in Kingstanding.

Behind clothing and sheets in a bedroom, there was a chest of drawers which looked like it was jammed shut by clothing.

But when we forced the drawers open, we found him hiding within the unit. He’d hollowed out a section of the bottom of the chest so he could tuck himself away.

The man, with a history of shoplifting convictions, even admitted that he’d managed to hide from us there on three occasions.

PC Paul Harris was one of the officers on the proactive arrest team which found the suspect.

He said: “It’s easy to see how this hiding place had been missed before. It’s clearly had a lot of effort put into it, but it just goes to show that if you’re wanted by the police, your time is always running out and we will find you.”

The man, who had been released from a sentence for a public order offence, had failed to attend probation meetings and so is now being returned to prison.

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