Hunt goes on for absconded prisoner who threatened to kill
POLICE are continuing their hunt for an inmate who escaped from Leyhill prison near Wotton-under-Edge.
Dean Hammond, 32, was last seen at the prison at 5pm on September 18. He has been serving an indeterminate sentence since 2006 for making threats to kill and possessing an offensive weapon.
Hammond is white, 6ft tall and has a stocky build and dark shaved hair. He has tattoos on his arms and chest.
Detective Constable Nadine Partridge said: "We are continuing in our efforts to locate Dean Hammond and are exploring several lines of enquiry.
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"We are working closely with Hampshire Police as he has connections to the Southampton area and he may have returned there.
"However, we have not had any confirmed sightings since he went missing. Someone must have seen him in the past two weeks and I would ask anyone with information to contact the police.
"It may be there are people out there who are helping him evade capture. I am warning those people that we are determined to find Dean Hammond and return him to custody. We will deal robustly with anyone who we find helping him."
A spokesman for HM Prison Service said: "Over 96 per cent of prisoners who abscond are recaptured and returned to custody.
"On recapture the prisoner is returned to a closed prison. Leyhill has a special function in preparing life sentence prisoners for release before their return to the community.
"The prison works in partnership with learning and skills providers on education programmes designed to reduce re-offending on release, including work and training placements within the community."
Anyone who sees Hammond should not approach him and should contact police on 999.