Feared drug gang member on the run from prison as public warned not to approach him

A member of a feared drug gang is being hunted by police after going on the run from prison. Lewis Aspinwall was one of 20 men jailed[1] in 2017, for a total of 135 years, after their UK-wide drug network[2] was busted by a huge police investigation[3] . The 24-year-old, formerly of Marmion Road in Aigburth[4] , had been serving his six year sentence at HMP Kirkham but absconded on Tuesday, September 10.

Lancashire Police[5] are now trying to locate the man, and officers have warned members of the public not to approach if they see him.

Lewis Aspinwall, 24, formerly of Marmion Road, Aigburth, Liverpool, absconded from HMP Kirkham on Tuesday (September 10).

Aspinwall was involved in a system of couriers and dealers – in some cases vulnerable youngsters – to peddle Class A drugs and had associates who stockpiled guns that could be used to scare off rivals. He is described as 6ft 2in tall, of slim build with brown eyes, black hair and is clean shaven.

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Aspinwall has links to the Merseyside area[6] and police are advising people not to approach him if seen. A Lancashire Police[7] spokesman said: “Aspinwall is wanted after absconding from prison.

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“While we have conducted a number of checks to try and find him, at this stage he remains outstanding.

“We would encourage anyone who knows where he is to come forward. If seen, do not approach him but instead call police immediately.” Anyone with information can call police on 101 quoting log reference 1465 of September 10.

Alternatively independent charity Crimestoppers can be contacted anonymously on 0800 555 111 or online at crimestoppers-uk.org.


  1. ^ one of 20 men jailed (www.liverpoolecho.co.uk)
  2. ^ UK-wide drug network (www.liverpoolecho.co.uk)
  3. ^ huge police investigation (www.liverpoolecho.co.uk)
  4. ^ Aigburth (www.liverpoolecho.co.uk)
  5. ^ Lancashire Police (www.liverpoolecho.co.uk)
  6. ^ Merseyside area (www.liverpoolecho.co.uk)
  7. ^ Lancashire Police (www.liverpoolecho.co.uk)

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