The hunt to find a wanted Scarborough man has spread to West Yorkshire and Durham area as officers urge him to hand himself in.
North Yorkshire Police is asking people in West Yorkshire and County Durham to keep a look out for a Scarborough man Joshua Scott who is wanted for recall to prison.
Scott, 19, of Cross Street, Scarborough, is wanted because he has breached the terms of his release licence.
He was imprisoned in May 2011 for two years and four months for an assault committed in Scarborough in February 2011.
He is described as white, 6ft 4in tall with a medium build and short brown hair.
Although there is a possibility Scott may still be entering the Scarborough area, police believe he could be spending time in the Pontefract area of West Yorkshire and in the Darlington area of County Durham.
It is thought Scott uses public transport to travel between the areas, in particular buses.
Inspector Tony Quinn, of Scarborough Safer Neighbourhood Team, said: “If you know where Joshua Scott is or have possibly spotted a man matching his description, be it in North Yorkshire, West Yorkshire or County Durham, then I urge you to contact the police without delay.
“It is wholly unacceptable that Scott is evading being returned to prison to face up to the consequences of his actions.”
Inspector Quinn also has a direct message to Scott.
He said: “Joshua, it is now time to do the right thing and hand yourself in at the nearest police station. There is one guarantee, the law will catch up with you and the longer you avoid the police the more trouble you are creating for yourself.”
Anyone who can assist in locating Joshua Scott is asked to contact North Yorkshire Police on 101, select option 2 and ask for Scarborough police.
Or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111, quoting reference number 12120079788.