Rapist on loose after absconding from prison
A CONVICTED rapist jailed for life for kidnapping a schoolgirl has gone missing from Leyhill open prison in South Gloucestershire.
Sean Cawthray, 41, was last seen at the prison at 5.30pm on Sunday and is believed to have absconded before 8.30pm.
Cawthray, who has twice been jailed for rape, was locked up for life in 2002 after kidnapping a 14-year-old girl.
He grabbed the schoolgirl at a bus stop near Leeds and was dragging her towards a brook when he was disturbed and ran off.
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A judge imposed an indeterminate sentence with a minimum recommendation of five years because of the 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.
Cawthray was also jailed for four years at Leeds Crown Court in 1990 for rape and attempted rape and in 1993, after a further rape conviction at Leicester Crown Court, was given eight years in prison.
Police believe Cawthray may have travelled to Leicestershire and Leeds following his escape.
He is between 5ft 9ins and 5ft 11ins tall, of medium build with short brown hair and blue eyes.
When last seen he was wearing a pair of silver training shoes, cream combat trousers and a light blue Helly Hansen type top. He may have been wearing either a worker's fluorescent jacket, grey jacket with orange patches or black jacket with a blue patch.
Anyone who spots him has been advised not to approach him but to contact police immediately on 999.
Detective Inspector Dominic Graham, of South Gloucestershire CID, said: "We are committed to locating, returning to custody and charging anyone unlawfully at large.
"Officers 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."