POLICE have launched an appeal to help trace a convicted robber and rapist.
Officers have asked members of the public in and around Chester and North Wales for any information regarding the whereabouts of Felix Purcell, 43.
A police spokesman said: “Purcell was released from prison on August 2, 2013 after being sentenced to nine years for robbery at the home of an elderly couple in July 2009. He has a previous conviction dating from 1989 for which he was sentenced to six years imprisonment for the rape of a woman in her own home.”
The terms and conditions of his licence upon release from prison require him to reside at a fixed address in the Sandbach area of Cheshire, be subject to an overnight curfew and report to the authorities at set points during the course of the day. Purcell breached these requirements on October 8 and a notice of recall to prison has been issued.
Purcell is described as 5’ 6" tall, and heavy in build. He is clean shaven, with brown hair shaved close to his head, blue eyes and he speaks with an Irish accent. He has a scar on his left arm.
When he was last seen he was wearing dark trousers, a navy blue cardigan, and a chequered shirt. Purcell also had white paint on his hands, suggesting he may have been carrying out painting or decorating work.
Police are keen to hear from anyone who may recognise him as having undertaken such work recently around their property.
He was last seen on October 8 at 4pm by a member of the probation service at his residential address in the Sandbach area. He left the address and has not been seen since. Purcell does travel and may have links with the North Wales area.
Purcell’s bike, a Giant make red mountain bicycle, is also missing. It may be in Purcell’s possession, or it ma y have been abandoned or sold. Police are appealing for any information on the whereabouts of this bicycle.
Police say Purcell may pose a risk to the public and should not be approached.
Anybody who sees him is asked to immediately ring 999.
Purcell’s previous convictions relate to burglaries, resulting in violence when disturbed by the householders. Police are therefore advising the public to ensure their homes are locked and secure against intruders.
Police enquiries are active and ongoing to locate Purcell.
Anyone who thinks they may have seen Purcell since 4pm on October 8, or has any information regarding his current whereabouts is asked to contact police on the non emergency number, 101, quoting incident 633 of October 8, 2013. Anyone who sees Purcell should immediately call police on 999, and should not approach him.
Information can also be left anonymously on the Crimestoppers Hotline on 0800 555 111.