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An escaped convict has provided an insight into his thinking, and irked pursuing authorities, by continually updating his Facebook status since going on the run back in September.

Craig "Lazie" Lynch, 28, was serving the back-end of a seven year sentence for aggravated burglary when he failed to return to HM Prison Hollesley Bay, Suffolk, after he was temporarily allowed out as part of a day release programme. Since then Lazie has updated a Facebook fan page with his musings, comments on meals, speculation about possible New Year sexual conquests and response to critics.

Mercifully he is yet to discover Twitter.

Lazie's Facebook fan page - rather than conventional profile - has more than 8,000 fans at the time of writing. Recent posts by Lazie suggest a previous fan page was pulled. His frequent updates over the Xmas period have included musing on what he might want to do for New Years Eve, criticism of racist and immature comments by some posters, and mulling over plans to release a Run, Lazie, Run T-shirt.

He also occasionally taunts the authorities. For example on Sunday he asked "Quick question....HOW MANY COPS ARE IN HERE TONIGHT!?". Other posts mention his quest, without explaining what this might be.

The blurry pic on Lynch's fan page shows him giving the finger in an apparent gesture of defiance. Lynch lists his location as Wembley, London though naturally his true hideaway remains a mystery. Despite posting for five months, news of Lynch's forays into social networking only broke over Christmas.

Police are appealing for information on Lynch's whereabouts in addition to using information supplied by Facebook to help pinpoint the escaped lag's location.

"We have spoken to Facebook and we are trying to trace him from the information we have, but it's one of those things that we're also asking for help from members of the public," Suffolk police spokeswoman Anne-Marie Breach told CNN.

More background on Lynch's time on the run can be found in a BBC story here. ®

Bootnote

Previous inmates at Hollesley Bay open prison have included perjuring peer Jeffrey Archer.

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