On-the-run rapist Sean Cawthray has links to South West
A convicted rapist who has absconded from an open prison has links to the South West, according to police.
Sean Cawthray, 41, went missing from HMP Leyhill in South Gloucestershire on Sunday.
He was last seen at HMP Leyhill at around 5.30pm and is thought to have left the prison sometime before 8.30pm.
Police are appealing to the public for help in locating Cawthray.
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He has links to Leicestershire, Yorkshire, London and the South West and may have travelled to one of these areas.
He is described as a white man, 5ft 9” to 5ft 11” tall, of medium build with short brown hair and blue eyes.
He was last seen wearing a pair of silver coloured training shoes, cream coloured combat trousers and a light blue coloured Helly Hansen type top. He may have been wearing either a worker's fluorescent jacket, grey jacket with orange patches or black jacket with a blue patch.
DI Jill Kells of South Gloucestershire CID said: "We are committed to locating, returning to custody and charging anyone unlawfully at large.
“Officers work closely with HMP Leyhill and other police forces to track down absconders promptly and keep any potential risk to the public to a minimum."
Anyone who spots Sean Cawthray is advised not to approach him but to contact police immediately on 999.