Police’s plea as man goes on the run

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A WIGAN man who admitted being drunk and disorderly just weeks after he was cleared of murdering his girlfriend is today on the run from police.

David Crook failed to turn up at Wigan and Leigh Magistrates’ Court on Friday (August 29) to be sentenced for two counts of being drunk and disorderly.

At an earlier hearing at the court on Monday August 18, the court heard how Crook launched into a foul-mouthed tirade after he was found by police in a neighbours’ back garden on Sunday morning.

The warrant comes just weeks after the 46-year-old was arrested and then released on the alleged murder of his partner.

Prosecuting Katie Beattie told Wigan and Leigh Magistrates yesterday that the defendant was talking to police about his mum before becoming aggressive and swearing.

Officers couldn’t calm Crook, of Fisher Close, Worsley Mesnes, and subsequently arrested him.

Colin Rawson, defending, said: “The last 10 days have been extremely difficult for him after his long-term partner suddenly died and he was consequently arrested for the murder along with others.”

He added: “He was absolutely a complete mess at the police station because of his girlfriend’s death.”

Mr Rawson went on to explain that it was confirmed later on that his girlfriend died from natural causes and he will now be a key witness at her inquest as he was the last person to see her alive.

Mr Crook’s family told the Wigan Evening Post that he has been deeply affected by the death of his partner and that he was struggling to cope with everything that had happened to him in recent weeks.

However, Crook failed to show for his hearing leaving magistrates with little choice but to issue a warrant for his arrest.

Anybody with information about his wearabouts is ask to contact police Greater Manchester Police on 101.

Alternatively, they can contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or online at Crimestoppers-uk.org. No personal details are taken or traced and you will not go to court.