A WHITCHURCH man who is charged with arson at an Oswestry property is wanted by police after failing to appear in court. 

John Rowlands, 45, was set for a court appearance at Telford Magistrates Court recently for the offence in Unicorn Road in March last year. 

However, he did not attend, leading to West Mercia Police officers launching an appeal for information concerning his whereabouts. 

A force spokesman said: "We are asking the public for their help in locating John Rowlands, 45 years old, who is wanted on a warrant for failure to appear at Telford Magistrates’ court on Tuesday, May 23.


"Rowlands has been charged with arson (with intent to endanger life) following an investigation into an incident at Unicorn Road in Oswestry back in March 2022.

"He is described as 5ft9, slim build.

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"He may well have a long brown beard. He is known to frequent the Higher Heath and Darliston areas of Prees, near Whitchurch."

Anyone who has information on Rowland’s whereabouts are asked to call 999.