A MAN who is wanted by police for breaching licence conditions is a  "prolific offender", with convictions for stealing from vehicles.

As the Star reported earlier this week, James Towey, 38, is wanted on a recall to prison after he breached his licence conditions.

The Star reported last year how Towey, then of Stephenson Road, Newton-le-Willows, was sent to jail for 20 months and given a fine.

He had been arrested after a warrant was executed by officers on Saturday, December 3, 2022 in an investigation into vehicle crime in the Newton-le-Willows area.

Towey pleaded guilty to theft from a motor vehicle and handling stolen goods.

Towey admitted to having stolen, on Brimstone Drive, Newton-le-Willows items including a car charging lead, tyre compressor, two coats, mini I-Pad, Suede gloves, Caterpillar boots, and two Makita drill bits, cable ties and a drinks bottle.

A police image of James Towey from 2019

He also admitted to assisting in the retention, removal, disposal or realisation of stolen goods, namely bank cards, belonging to another, for the benefit of a woman. 

At the time of his sentecning, police in St Helens described him as a "prolific offender who was no longer on the streets".


Towey, whose latest address was in Whiston, is described as 5ft 10in tall, has a slim build, short hair and green eyes. He also has tattoos on both arms and wrists.

How to contact police

Anyone who has information as to his whereabouts is asked to contact @MerPolCC or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 with reference 24000520665.