Police hunt convicted killer

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Police are appealing for help tracing a murderer who has failed to return to prison following day release.

They are seeking information regarding the whereabouts of 42-year-old Craig Hendley, who was last seen at around 1.40pm on Wednesday, April 3 April whilst on day release from Kirklevington Grange Prison with the Salvation Army in Redcar, North Yorkshire.

He has links to South Yorkshire and West Yorkshire and police are warning members of public not to approach him but to contact 999 immediately.

Hendley, whose nickname is “Kidd”, was serving a sentence for murder, having served 20 years in various prisons.

He is described as 5ft 6in tall, medium build, clean shaven and has a shaven head. He has blue eyes and a fair complexion. He also has numerous tattoos on his body and one on each side of his neck – one reads “Kidd”.

He also has a star on his right cheek and has been known to use the alias Paul Craig Brown.

Hendley was serving a sentence for an offence which was primarily targeted at a specific individual known to him. He currently poses a significant risk of harm clearly has the capacity to commit violent offences.

Hendley had a provisional target review date of review for release in October 2013 and had been transferred to Kirklevington Grange Prison on the recommendation of the Parole Board as part of planning to prepare him for release.

Investigations have been undertaken throughout the last 24 hours focusing on Hendley’s family and associates. Cleveland Police would appeal to Craig Hendley directly to hand himself in, as his conduct will be taken into account in future parole board hearings.