Police seek killer driver from Rotherham

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A drunk driver who killed a school boy after losing control of a car is being hunted by police after being recalled to prison.

Richie Sillence, aged 25, of Woodhouse Green, Thurcroft, Rotherham, was sentenced to seven years in a young offenders’ institute after admitting causing the death of 16-year-old Joe Aveling, from Maltby, in a horror crash.

He was released on licence earlier this year but has breached the conditions.

Sillence is also suspected of causing criminal damage.

Police officers said despite ‘extensive enquiries’ they have been unable to trace him.

Sillence was branded a ‘danger to the public’ by his victim’s father, Martin Aveling, following the crash in Braithwell in 2008.

On the night of the crash, after drinking and taking drugs at a rave in Maltby, Sillence took the keys to someone else’s car and drove it to a garage for petrol, where he met a group of teenagers, including Joe, and offered them a lift home.

Some of his passengers, including Joe, did not have a seatbelt.

He reached speeds of up to 80mph and when he lost control, the car overturned several times and Joe was flung out.

Sillence fled the scene and hid down a track until a police dog sniffed him out.