Hunt for 6ft tattooed man who has absconded from open prison
A MAN who threatened to kill someone has absconded from Leyhill open prison.
Dean Hammond, 32, was last seen at the Thornbury jail at 5pm on Tuesday. He has been serving an indeterminate sentence since 2006 when he was convicted for making threats to kill and possession of an offensive weapon. Hammond is white, 6ft tall and stocky, with shaved hair. He has tattoos on his arms and chest.
Detective Constable Nadine Partridge said: "Since Dean Hammond was reported missing we have been conducting enquiries to locate him and return him to custody.
"He has connections to the Southampton area and it is possible he may return there. I would appeal to anyone who has seen him to contact us immediately.
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"We are committed to locating, returning to custody and charging anyone unlawfully at large. We 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.
"Prisoners located in open conditions have been rigorously risk-assessed and categorised as being low risk to the public."
Anyone who has seen Hammond should not approach him but should contact police on 999.