Appeal for help finding Leeds man on the run

Brian Waite
Brian Waite

Police are appeal for help in their search for a convicted criminal from Leeds believed to be on the run.

Brian Waite, 42, escaped from prison in 2006 where he was serving an 11-year sentence for robbery, arson and handling stolen goods.

It is thought he had been living in Spain or Holland but detectives believe he might have been recently spotted in the East End Park area of Leeds.

Waite is described as white, 5 ft 9 ins tall, of a medium build, with fair hair and brown eyes.

Detectives have been trying to locate Waite since his disappearance from HMP North Sea Camp prison and say they have reasons to believe that he is committing further crimes while on the run.

Detectives are also aware that Waite is currently receiving medical treatment, possibly in the UK, and are appealing to the medical profession for help in locating him.

He has been known to use the alias of Michael Birch, Lee Lawton and Anthony Waite.

Detective Inspector Neil Hollis said: “Waite has been on the run for over six years now and we are making every effort to locate him.

“We have reasons to believe he is committing further crimes and is using other people’s identities to travel between countries.

“We also believe he is receiving medical treatment within the UK and would like to appeal to the medical profession to help us in the search for this man.”

Anyone with information about the whereabouts of Brian Waite is asked to contact West Yorkshire Police on 101 or CrimeStoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555111.