Hunt for rapist Sean Cawthray who walked out of open prison
A CONVICTED rapist described as a risk to women has walked out of Leyhill open prison.
Sean Cawthray, 41, was last seen at the prison near Thornbury at 5.30pm on Sunday and is believed to have absconded before 8.30pm.
Cawthray, who has twice been jailed for rape, was given a life sentence in 2002 after kidnapping a 14-year-old girl.
He grabbed the schoolgirl at a bus stop near Leeds and was dragging her down a back alley when he was disturbed and ran off.
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A judge imposed an indeterminate sentence, with recommendation that he serve a minimum of five years because of the "level of risk" Cawthray posed to young women. He was told he would not be released by the Parole Board until it was satisfied he no longer posed a risk, and would then be on licence for life.
He had previously been jailed for four years at Leeds Crown Court in 1990 for rape and attempted rape; and for eight years in 1993, after a further rape conviction at Leicester Crown Court.
Police believe Cawthray may have travelled to Leicestershire and Leeds following his escape.
Cawthray is about 5ft 10in tall and of medium build, with short brown hair and blue eyes.
When last seen he was wearing a pair of silver trainers, cream combat trousers and a light blue top. He may also have worn either a fluorescent jacket, a grey and orange jacket or a black jacket with a blue patch.
Police said anyone who sees Cawthray should not to approach him but instead dial 999 immediately.
Detective Inspector Dominic Graham said: "We are committed to locating, returning to custody and charging anyone unlawfully at large."