Police urge public not to approach violent absconded criminal
Wednesday 26th August 2015 @ 10:29 by Becky Cahill
Ashton Mossley & Saddleworth News

It has emerged that a prisoner on the run from jail in Aylesbury has family links to Oldham.

Police are warning the public not to approach 47-year-old John Rooney as he may pose a risk of harm.

He left HMP Springhill at 6.30am on Monday morning.

CCTV in the area shows him arriving at a bus station in Bicester, before entering a local Sainsburys and buying a pay as you go mobile phone.

It is not known where he travelled to after leaving the store.

When he left the prison he was wearing a blue top, blue jeans and was carrying a bag.

Rooney is white, 5ft 8ins, slim, with brown hair. He has tattoos on his left arm, his left wrist, hand and fingers, as well as on his right hand. He also has letters tattooed on his right fingers and a scar on his right hand.

He may also have other tattoos, particularly on his face, but these may not be visible.

On 23 May 2003, Rooney was sentenced to 20 years in prison at York Crown Court for offences including robbery, burglary and use of a firearm.

On 17 November 2003, Rooney was sentenced at Manchester Crown Court to a further four years in prison for robbery, kidnap and false imprisonment committed in the Manchester area, with 20 further offences of robbery and burglary also taken into consideration.

Chief Inspector Jim Troisi from Oldham police station said: “Greater Manchester Police are supporting an investigation to find Rooney and we are working closely with our colleagues in Thames Valley CID and the Force Intelligence Bureau so that we can locate him as soon as possible.

“Whilst there is no intelligence at present to suggest that Rooney is in the Greater Manchester area, it is possible he may come back to the region due to links to Manchester, including family links in Oldham.

“If any members of the public see Rooney, then I would ask them please do not approach him directly, but call 999 immediately.

“And to anyone that may be reading this that knows Rooney and has any information on his current whereabouts, please call police on 101.

“Alternatively, information can be passed to police anonymously by calling Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.”