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Monday, 18 November, 2002, 15:56 GMT
New appeal for prisoner 'on run'
Birmingham Crown Court
Vincent Palmer escaped from Birmingham Crown Court
A fresh appeal for information has been made by police about a man who escaped from Birmingham Crown Court five years ago and has not been seen since.

Vincent Palmer, who was born in Birmingham, appeared at the court on 30 June 1997 to stand trial, with two other defendants, for conspiracy to commit robbery and possession of firearms.

At the time of his escape, the 36-year-old was already serving a sentence for robbery and possession of firearms.

West Midlands Police have described Palmer as a violent man who has targeted post offices, banks and "cash in transit" in the past.

Ongoing campaign

He has also been known to discharge firearms and tear gas indiscriminately to commit his offences.

Vincent Palmer
Vincent Palmer has been described as dangerous

They say this latest appeal is part of their ongoing campaign to trace Palmer.

In 2000, massive images of him were displayed on the side of Kennedy Tower, West Midlands Police headquarters in Birmingham, as part of the force's Operation Safer Streets.

A 30-second commercial featuring Palmer was also shown on the massive screens at Molineux and at Villa Park the same year.

Altered appearance

According to police intelligence, Palmer has maintained contact with and visited friends and criminal associates in the Birmingham and West Bromwich areas during his five years "on the run".

He also is known to have lived at an address in the Wednesbury area during this time.

Police say Palmer is known to use multiple aliases to alter his appearance substantially and will use the details of friends and acquaintances to obtain driving licences, passports and gym memberships.

He is described as being white, 5ft 8ins tall, with natural brown hair which is greying, blue eyes and has a slim athletic built.

Members of the public are being warned not to approach him and anyone with information is urged to contact Crimestoppers.


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