Wanted: Police appeal for public help

Robert Johnston (below left) and (below right) Norman Rowan and Preston Crown Court.
Robert Johnston (below left) and (below right) Norman Rowan and Preston Crown Court.
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Police are hunting two of the most wanted men on the Fylde coast.

Police are appealing, through The Gazette, for the public’s help to find Norman Rowan and Robert Johnston and bring them before the courts.

Robert Johnston (left) and (right) Norman Rowan.

Robert Johnston (left) and (right) Norman Rowan.

Officers have been looking for 40-year-old Rowan for more than five years after he was released from prison to live on Vance Road in Blackpool but failed to keep to the terms of his licence.

He was originally jailed in March 2006 for an offence of wounding and police want to find him so he can be returned to prison Meanwhile, 30-year-old Johnston, from Blackpool, is wanted by police after he failed to turn up at Preston Crown Court last year after being charged with possessing an offensive weapon.

The warrant was issued by the court on December 17, but officers have so far failed to track him down.

Det Insp Kevin Simmonds, from Blackpool CID, said: “People become wanted by the police for a number of different reasons. They could have failed to turn up for a court appearance or they may well have been released from prison early on licence but have gone on to break the terms and conditions of their early release meaning they are at large.

“We make every effort to trace these people and many of them are arrested and put before the courts. However, there is always that small percentage who will do anything they can to evade capture and will go into hiding or on the run.

“This is where we need the public’s help to try to find those people.”

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