/Fernhill Gang yob escapes from prison as police launch manhunt

Fernhill Gang yob escapes from prison as police launch manhunt

A member of the notorious Fernhill Gang is on the run after fleeing an open prison.

Police are warning people not to approach Connor McKevitt, who has absconded from HMP Kirkham in Lancashire.

The 25-year-old was sentenced to 10 years in 2016 for his role in a cocaine and heroin racket.

McKevitt, whose last known address was in Bootle, was part of the well-known Fernhill Gang.

The mob’s leaders were “feared by the community” of the Park Lane estate in Netherton, the gang’s base, and across south Sefton.

Brazen Fernhill Gang goad police

Prosecutor Mark Ainsworth told Liverpool Crown Court: “Night and day, they and their team of helpers worked tirelessly round the clock dealing Class A drugs locally on the Dodge Estate, from where they [ the gang’s leaders] came, and throughout South Sefton and north to Southport.

“They used many graft phones, which were the call centre for the business. The phones were active 24/7, with batch messages being sent out to their customer database, sometimes hundreds at a time.

“The orders would then flow in from mobiles, land lines and telephone kiosks.”

He added: “The gang used intimidatory tactics to try and prevent police officers working the streets from stopping them.

“When police officers did stop the gang, the vehicles would often be seen to initially try and evade the police, allowing the occupants the time and opportunity to internally secrete the drugs.

“Pots of Vaseline were recovered as part of the essential tool of their trade.”

Residents were terrified by the Fernhill “gang culture”, involving violence against rival factions, and reluctant to speak to police.

They were brought down by a major Merseyside Police operation throughout 2015.

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McKevitt, known as both Connor and Conor, was jailed for offences including being involved in the supply of heroin and cocaine.

He fled Kirkham on Sunday, sparking an appeal to trace him by Lancashire Police.

He is described as white, 5’6” tall, of slim build, with blonde hair and brown eyes and has links to Lancashire and Merseyside.

*Anyone who has seen him, or has information about where he might be, is advised not to approach him and to email westintelunit@lancashire.pnn.police.uk or ring 101, quoting log number LC-20200126-1348.

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