South East Wales

Stephen Rees arrested after absconding from HMP Leyhill

Stephen Rees (left) and Liam Ahearne
Image caption Police want witnesses to contact them if they see Liam Ahearne (right)

Gwent Police have arrested one of two men who absconded from an open prison in South Gloucestershire.

Stephen Rees, 31, was being sought by Avon and Somerset Police after absconding from HMP Leyhill at on 30 January.

Liam Ahearne, 24, is still missing.

The two men are thought to have connections with Merthyr Tydfil and the Rhymney Valley, particularly Blackwood, Markham and Bargoed, and south west England.

Police say Rees was arrested on Friday.

Ahearne was serving an indeterminate sentence for aggravated burglary and Rees for wounding.

Officers ask anyone who knows of the whereabouts of Ahearne to call 999.

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