Warning as violent offender Edward Stirling goes on the run
A violent offender from Northern Ireland has gone missing after being released from prison on licence in England.
Police are warning the public not to approach Edward Stirling – who has previous convictions for false imprisonment, assault and possession of a firearm.
He was released on licence from HMP Stocken in Leicestershire on Wednesday morning.
He was due to travel by taxi and train to accommodation in Gloucester but he has failed to report to the address as directed.
Wiltshire Police are currently hunting the 46-year-old who is known to have links to the Swindon and Thames Valley areas.
Stirling has been assessed as a high risk and police are advising the public not to approach him but to immediately call officers via 999.
He is described as about 5ft 7in and of average build, with short cropped dark hair and speaks with a Northern Irish accent.
He also has tattoos, including a tiger head on his left arm and a saint symbol on his right arm.
A Wiltshire Police spokesman said Stirling has a history of committing violent offences.
"These include aggravated burglary, assault and false imprisonment.
"He has also been known to carry weapons."
Stirling was recently released on licence and was to remain on licence until November 2016. This was for possession of a firearm with intent to cause violence, a police spokesman said.