Facebook taunt to Gwent Police by on-the-run criminal

Alan Watkins Alan Watkins taunts police on his Facebook pag

An on-the-run criminal has posted his own "wanted" poster on Facebook and taunted Gwent Police by saying: "Catch me if you can."

Officers issued an appeal to find Alan Watkins, 24, as he breached his licence conditions after serving a prison sentence.

Watkins, from Newport, posted it on Facebook for his friends to see.

The 24-year-old posted: "Wow, I'm on the Gwent police site. You catch me if you can."

Watkins was released from prison last May halfway through a one year and seven month sentence for assault occasioning actual bodily harm.

On Monday police said he was being sought by for breaching his license conditions.

'Naughty step'

He then took to the social networking site taunting officers trying to track him down, suggesting he may fly off to Spain.

Watkins wrote: "Catching me is like keeping up with Usain Bolt, impossible. I'm off now, adios amigos.

"I'm too fast for them, trust me," and "I aint getting caught," he boasted.

Watkins' Facebook account states he is a plasterer from Newport.

On it he lists his current location as "on the naughty step".

Watkins pondered whether he should give himself up, writing: "Well what should I do today, hand myself in or enjoy my freedom a little longer.

"Freedom...prison...freedom...prison...freedom or prison? That is is the question."

A Gwent Police spokesman confirmed Watkins is still wanted but declined to comment on his Facebook posts.

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