Reward doubled for Brighton teen on the run

Posted On 28 Jun 2018 at 2:07 pm

left to right: Grant Searle, Connor Mackay, Taylor Clarke

A Brighton teenager is on the run and believed to be on a crime spree with two other men.

Connor Mackay, who grew up in Brighton, is now thought to be at large with Grant Searle, 26, and Taylor Clarke, 20, and police say believe they trio are committing crimes together.

Searle is thought to have stolen a Volvo from Brighton which crashed in Hastings on Thursday, smashing into three cars including one containing a mother, baby and three-year-old child. Fortunately the family escaped unhurt.

A £500 reward had already been put up for both Clarke and Mackay. All three are now subject to a £1,000 reward.

Detective Inspector Rob Morland said: “Clarke and Mackay are also wanted in the Brighton area and were already the subject of £500 rewards. We’ve now doubled these and added a £1,000 reward for Searle. It is vital all three are returned to custody without delay.

“All three men are clearly determined to evade capture, but someone will know where they are. With substantial rewards now on offer, we are keen to arrest them as soon as possible and would urge people to come forward without delay with any information they may have.”

Clarke, 20, from St Leonards-on-Sea but with links to Brighton, is wanted on recall to prison after breaching a licence for early release and also for the new offence of being unlawfully at large.

This means that anyone sheltering him is also committing a criminal offence. He is white, 6ft 1in, of medium build, with blue eyes and brown hair.

Mackay, 18, also from St Leonards and with links to Brighton, is described as white, 5ft 5in, of slim build, with short fair hair and facial hair. He is wanted for theft of £17,000 black Ford Rangerfrom Balsdean Farm Road, Balsdean, Rottingdean on 6 October and other offences.

Searle, 26, is from St Leonards and is wanted on recall to prison following a previous conviction for burglary. He is 6ft 3in, broad build with curly hair.

Anyone seeing any of the men is asked to dial 999 immediately. Details concerning their whereabouts can be reported online or by phoning 101, quoting Operation Spiderman. Alternatively contact Crimestoppers or call the independent charity anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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