Police hunting brute who choked woman unconscious

James Anthony Welsh, 39, who is wanted on licence recall to HMP Garth in Leyland, Lancashire
James Anthony Welsh, 39, who is wanted on licence recall to HMP Garth in Leyland, Lancashire

POLICE are hunting for a thug who has attacked women including choking one victim until she fell unconscious.

James Anthony Welsh, 39, of Heygreen Road, Wavertree, Liverpool has been recalled to prison.

He was released on licence on May 18 from HMP Garth near Leyland in Lancashire where he was serving a seven-year sentence for supplying drugs.

Since his release Welsh has failed to comply with the conditions by not reporting to his probation officer and residing at an approved address.

He is also wanted in connection with a serious assault on a woman where the victim was repeatedly punched to the face and choked unconscious.

Welsh appeared on the BBC TV Crimewatch programme on July 19, as a result of which calls were received to say he had been seen recently in Eastbourne and Hastings.

Anyone who has seen Welsh or has any information regarding his whereabouts is asked to call Merseyside Police on 0151 777 1161 or independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.