Detectives from the Central North Command Unit are appealing for information to trace a man who is unlawfully at large.

Ralston Dodd, 25 (12.01.92) is being sought by police after serving a nine-month sentence at HMP Thameside. A warrant for his arrest was obtained at Blackfriars Crown Court on Friday, 23 June.

Dodd was sentenced to nine years’ imprisonment at Blackfriars Crown Court on Friday, 11 November after pleading guilty to grievous bodily harm with intent.

He is 5ft 9ins tall and of medium build with brown eyes. It is not known what he was wearing when he was released.

Police are asking the public to call them on 999 should they see this man, and not to approach him as he could become violent.

Alternatively, to remain anonymous call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.