A Merseyside man who has been wanted on recall to prison for more than five years has been arrested in Kent.

Christopher Spelman, 62, who is originally from Kirkby, was sentenced to seven years in prison on 6 March 2014 after being convicted of indecent assault. He was released on licence on Friday, 9 December 2016 but after failing to comply with his license release conditions was recalled to prison.

Extensive efforts were made by Merseyside police’s fugitive team to find him and ongoing enquiries led officers to believe he was living either in Dorset or the Folkestone area of Kent.

An appeal for information was circulated in both areas by Merseyside Police and following information received from the public Spelman was arrested by Kent Police officers in Folkestone on the morning of Tuesday 4th January and has been recalled to prison.

Chief Inspector Paul Sutcliffe said: “Thanks to the hard work and commitment of the fugitive team Spelman has been located and returned to prison.

“Time is no barrier and we will leave no stone unturned to find people who are wanted – either in connection with ongoing investigations or when they have their licence revoked.”

By Ed

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