Escaped ‘skull cracker’ from Limehouse spotted in London

'Skull cracker' Michael Wheatley

'Skull cracker' Michael Wheatley - Credit: Archant

An escaped convict from Limehouse has been spotted in London after failing to return to an open prison in Kent.

Michael Wheatley, nicknamed the “Skull cracker”, who is serving 13 life sentences for a string of robberies, was seen in Twickenham at 7.55pm last night.

Kent Police searched the area but were unable to find him.

Wheatley was jailed after 13 raids over a 10-month period in 2001 and 2002 while on parole from a 27-year sentence for other robberies.

He was given the nickname “Skull Cracker” for pistol-whipping his victims including a 73-year-old woman during the raids.

Met police said it is working closely with Kent Police to arrest Wheatley, who is said to have a number of connections in east and south east London.

A spokesman said anyone with information or who sees Wheatley is asked not approach him but to call the police on 999.