A MAN charged by police for intending to endanger life by deliberately causing arson has again failed to turn up to court.

West Mercia Police has launched an appeal to find 45-year-old John Rowlands who failed to appear at Shrewsbury Crown Court on August 1.

He was charged earlier this year with the arson incident in Unicorn Road but is known to frequent areas around Prees, near Whitchurch. 

A police spokesman said: "We are asking the public for their help in locating John Rowlands, 45, who is wanted on a warrant for failure to appear at Shrewsbury Crown Court on Tuesday, August 1.

"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. It is believed he no longer has a beard as pictured.

"He is known to frequent the Higher Heath and Darliston areas of Prees, near Whitchurch.

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