Hollesley Bay: Police renew appeals for help in hunt for Edward MacDonald

POLICE are renewing appeals in their hunt for a Hollesley Bay inmate who failed to return from a community work placement.

Edward MacDonald, 46, who is serving a life sentence after being jailed for arson, was given a temporary release licence to attend premises at Ransomes Europark in Ipswich on June 28, but he failed to return to the prison.

A spokeswoman for Suffolk police said: “Since then police have conducted a number of enquiries to trace him, including alerting other constabularies, listing him on the police national computer and carrying out address checks, but he has not yet been located.

“MacDonald is described as white, 5ft 9ins tall, of medium build, with cropped grey hair and a Scottish accent. He has a scar on his right arm.

“He has family in Great Yarmouth and other contacts in Leiston and East Sussex and it’s possible he may be in any of these areas or still in the vicinity of Ipswich.

“If anyone sees MacDonald they should phone the police with the details. They should not approach him or take any further action.”

His escape in June came amid a difficult month for the jail - MacDonald was the fourth prisoner to have escaped in June alone. At the start of the month prison officer Stephen Fry was seriously injured after being attacked by an inmate.

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Anyone who may have seen him, or who may have any information about where he is now, is asked to contact Suffolk Police or their nearest police station using the new national number 101.

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