Public warned not to approach wanted man last spotted in Piccadilly Gardens

Call 999 if you see him.

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Police have launched an appeal to trace a wanted man who absconded during a visit from a secure unit.

The public are being warned not to approach Shaun Paul Smith, who also goes by the name Aemon Martin.

A confirmed sighting of the 60-year-old at a Tesco Express on Piccadilly Gardens was caught on CCTV at 8.30am yesterday morning (30 April).

GMP is now assisting with Lancashire Police’s appeal after enquiries traced him to Manchester city centre.

Smith absconding during a visit to Preston on Thursday 25 April and was caught on CCTV on Bank Street in Rawtenstall the following day.


Shaun is described as white, with grey hair, a slim build, a beard and moustache.

He was last seen wearing a hat, cream jeans, grey/red t-shirt, grey cardigan, black coat, black trainers and a backpack.

The public have been warned not to approach Shaun Paul Smith. Credit: GMP
The public have been warned not to approach Shaun Paul Smith. Credit: GMP

CCTV images and a photo of Smith’s face have also been released by police as part of the appeal to trace him.

But if spotted, the public are urged ‘do not approach him’ and instead report sightings urgently to the police.

Smith has links to Blackburn and Accrington town centres, but is believed to be in the City Centre area of Manchester.


GMP said: “We’re asking the public to remain vigilant and report any sightings to us and if you see him, please do not approach him but contact us on 999 quoting Log 1118 of 30/4/2024.”

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