Police have issued an urgent appeal to locate a man who is wanted in connection with several recent offences.

Officers want to speak to 31-year-old Shane Walsh in connection with offences which include aggravated taking of vehicles without consent, assaults, including against emergency workers, criminal damage to vehicles, malicious communications, breach of a protection order and other offences.

He is wanted by both Avon and Somerset Police and Gloucestershire Constabulary.

Walsh was last seen in Somerton in Somerset at around 2.30am on Saturday (2 December) and there was a subsequent unconfirmed sighting in Castle Cary in south Somerset at about 3pm the same day.

It is understood that a vehicle Walsh was driving crashed on Saturday (2 December) in Barton Road, Keinton Mandeville, Somerset, while he was evading police.

Officers are concerned that he may be injured and consequently vulnerable after he fled the collision on foot and he has not yet been located. No other vehicles were involved in the collision.

When last seen he was wearing blue jeans, a blue puffer jacket with a dark tan jacket over the top.

Walsh is from Cheltenham in Gloucestershire and has links to Somerton in Somerset.

Both police forces are working together in a bid to locate Walsh, and police are now appealing to the public for help to locate him by reporting any sightings.

He is described as being white, of a slim build, is 5ft 6ins in height and has brown hair.

Anyone who sees Walsh is asked to not approach him, but to call police on 999 instead. If you have seen him recently or have any information on his current whereabouts, you can call police on 101 and quote Gloucestershire incident 44 of 2 December or reference his name.

You can provide information anonymously to independent crime-fighting charity Crimestoppers by calling 0800 555 111 or online https://crimestoppers-uk.org/give-information/forms/give-information-anonymously