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Hunt for mocking criminal ongoing

Friday June 14 2019


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A WANTED man who responded to South Yorkshire Police’s public plea to trace his whereabouts is continuing to mock officers after the force issued a second appeal.

Jonathan Osbourne, 26, is wanted in connection to a burglary which took place on April 16. Since this incident, the female victim is reported to have continued being threatened and intimidated, police said.

Osbourne spends time in the Stairfoot and Wombwell areas of Barnsley and also has links to Skegness. He is described as being slim, around 5ft 9in tall with short brown hair.

Temporary Detective Inspector Stuart Hall, investigating, said: “This incident was extremely unpleasant and has left a woman feeling threatened and afraid.

“My team of officers are working hard to find Osbourne and our enquiries are continuing. “If you have any information at all – however minor you think it may be – please get in touch. We need the help of the Barnsley community and beyond to find him.”

Having responded to the first appeal, he’s continued to mock the force and posted a photo with the caption: “That’s how close I am to the police. I’m about five streets away, but which way?”

Temp Det Insp Hall added: “If you see Osbourne please do not approach him, call 999 and report it immediately.

“If you know where he might be, please call 101 quoting incident number 718 of April 28. Alternatively, you can share information anonymously via Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.”