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Police hunt prisoner who absconded from shooting sentence

Police are hunting Ross Ryan, who disappeared from prison during a sentence he was given over a 2008 shooting

A gunman who was jailed for shooting a man in the leg outside his home has gone on the run from prison.

Ross Ryan was handed a 19-year sentence in 2009 for attempted murder after he blasted a 28-year-old man in the Levenshulme area of Manchester.

Police launched a hunt for the 29-year-old today after he went missing from HMP Thorn Cross in Cheshire.

They released a photo of the prisoner and appealed to anyone who knows where he is to come forward.

Ryan was 20 when he was convicted after a jury heard how he fired at a man following a row outside a house in December 2008.

The victim confronted Ross before throwing his bike over a fence. Ross, who was wearing a hood, then fired a gun at his victim, hitting in his upper leg.

A spokesman for Greater Manchester Police said today: ‘We are appealing for the public’s help to trace a wanted man from Levenshulme.

‘Ross Ryan of HMP Thorn Cross is wanted for absconding from prison on Sunday 26 November 2017.’

Ryan went missing from HMP Thorn Cross, where he was in the last two years of his jail term

Ryan went missing from HMP Thorn Cross, where he was in the last two years of his jail term

The spokesman added: ‘He is known to have links with the Levenshulme, Openshawe and Reddish areas.

‘Anyone who seems him or knows where he is, is urged to call police on 101 at the earliest opportunity.’

Thorn Cross is a Category D jail for prisoners with less than two years less to serve. It has a capacity of 380 inmates.

Anyone with information about Ryan’s whereabouts should contact police of anonymously through the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.