Wanted: Ryan Byrne did not complain about being let off early from jail
A violent robber released in error from a nine-year sentence has posed for a selfie in front of a Police van in the West End mocking appeals to apprehend him. Ryan Byrne, 34, can be seen in the photograph grinning as he pointed to the van parked outside a casino in Wardour Street Soho.
He was freed from Wandsworth Prison with up to 18 months still to serve of his original sentence. A prison source told The Sun: “Byrne was sitting in his cell having a cigarette last Wednesday when he was told he was free to leave. He couldn’t believe it. But he didn’t protest and has been enjoying his freedom.”
Byrne was jailed after holding up a branch of Boots in Ruislip, west London, in 2007 making away with £3,800. Police have checked his mother’s house in Acton, west London but he still remains on the run.An HM Prison Service spokesman said: “Releases in error are very rare but regrettable occurrences. We are investigating this incident and it is now a matter for the police.”
Byrne is white, 5ft 11in and of medium build and has blue eyes and a goatee beard.
A Met spokesman said: “Police were informed by the prison service on Friday July 17 that Byrne had been released in error from Wandsworth Prison.
“Byrne was sentenced to a total nine years earlier this year for burglary, theft and robbery.
“Enquires are underway to trace his whereabouts.”
Anyone who has seen Byrne or has any information on his whereabouts is asked to contact police on 101.