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Manhunt under way as sex offender escapes from prison call 999 if seen

Police are urgently hunting for a sex offender who has escaped from Prison he is a danger to members of the public and he should not be approached

If anyone knows where he is or sees him they should immediately dial 999.

Gintautas Urbonas, 51, is currently serving a 12-year sentence at HMP Peterborough for offences including attempted rape, battery and sexual assault, according to Cambridgeshire Police.

HMP Peterborough is a Category B prison with a capacity of 840 prisoners, and the only facility in the UK which holds both men and women.

Anyone who might he harbouring Urbonas could be prosecuted for doing so, police warned.

Police say anyone with information should call them on 999.

An HMP Peterborough spokesperson confirmed: “A 51-year-old male prisoner has escaped from HMP Peterborough. We are supporting the police with their ongoing operation. We are investigating this incident.”

Police have urged lorry drivers to be wary in case Urbonas attempts to hitch a ride with them.

DCI Birchall said: “It is likely he has left the area, but he could still be in Peterborough.

“I would ask lorry drivers picking up hitch-hikers to be aware that this gentleman is at large and if they see anything suspicious to phone us.

“He is somebody we want to capture very soon so we can put him back behind bars where he needs to be.”

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