Irish burglar on the run from UK

British police are asking people in this country to be on the lookout for a fugitive Irish man who was once described as Britain’s most prolific burglar.

Peter Kerrigan has carried out multiple break-ins targeting elderly people and is the most wanted criminal among London’s Hackney Police.

“He preyed on the elderly, vulnerable and disabled by impersonating a police officer or council official,” said Detective Inspector Paul Ridley of Hackney Police.

The oldest victim targeted was a 92-year-old female who was asleep in her bed and was left terrified afterwards. Another target was an 89-year-old woman.

Hackney Police said the two women and another elderly man Kerrigan targeted have “sadly now died”.

Kerrigan, 28, who police said was an Irish Traveller, absconded from a psychiatric unit in Hackney in March last year.

He was serving a six-year sentence for burglaries. A picture of Kerrigan can be seen via


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