Suffolk: Convicted murderer Paul Flint committing burglaries after escaping open prison – a year after escaping Hollesley Bay

Paul Flint, 48, a convicted murderer who absconded from an open prison more than six weeks ago has s

Paul Flint, 48, a convicted murderer who absconded from an open prison more than six weeks ago has still not been caught. Photo: PA - Credit: PA

A convicted murderer has absconded from a low-security jail just over a year after escaping from Hollesley Bay open prison and is believed to have gone on to commit several burglaries, according to police.

Paul Flint, who was jailed for murder and burglary in 1990, failed to return to Hollesley Bay prison, Suffolk, on June 2 last year after being released on temporary licence.

He was arrested five days later in the Bedminster area of Bristol by police using a Taser.

On July 1 this year the 48-year-old walked out of Ford Prison in West Sussex and detectives believe he may have gone on to commit at least three burglaries since he disappeared.

The break-ins happened in Granville Road, Hove, on July 8, Cross Street, Hove, on July 15, and Dean Street, Brighton, on August 5, where more than £2,500 in cash, a black wallet and a black Sony Vaio laptop with the model number VPCEH1L8E/B was taken, he said.

Detective Inspector Dave Richards, of Sussex Police, said: “We think Flint is likely to commit more crime unless he is arrested so I would urge anyone that sees him to contact us immediately. Dial 999 but do not approach him.”

Flint is black, 5ft 11in and stocky. He has black greying hair, wears glasses and has an English accent.

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A Ministry of Justice spokeswoman said all detainees placed in open prisons were “rigorously risk-assessed” before being placed in the category D prisons.

She said: “The level of absconding from open prisons in 2012/13 was the second lowest since records began.

“Absconds are still 13% lower under this Government. We are not complacent about this issue and are looking at ways in which the risk of absconding can be reduced further.

“We are committed to ensuring that risk to the public is minimised. All those located in open conditions have been rigorously risk assessed and categorised as being of low risk to the public.”

Last weekend, murderer Daniel Rosenthal, who has paranoid schizophrenia, disappeared after being allowed to go on an unsupervised walk around the gardens at the low-security Southfield Hospital at Tatchbury Mount, Totton, Hampshire.

The 58-year-old, who was jailed for murdering his mother in 1981 when he chopped her up into pieces, was not located for almost 24 hours.

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