Police launch manhunt for sex offender serving life sentence who has escaped from open prison

Gary Butcher was reported missing from the North Sea Camp and is believed to have absconded

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A UK police force has launched an urgent manhunt to locate a sex offender who has absconded from an open prison.

Lincolnshire Police is appealing for help to locate Gary Butcher, 55, who absconded from HMP North Sea Camp in Boston.

Butcher, a convicted sex offender, was reported missing just after 5:30am yesterday.

He is serving a life sentence for aggravated burglary.

Lincolnshire Police has warned the public not to approach Gary Butcher
Lincolnshire Police has warned the public not to approach Gary Butcher

He is described as a white male with a stocky build, with brown/grey hair and blue eyes.

He has a swallow tattoo on his right arm and a “Phillip-Trina” tattoo on his left arm.

Police believe he may have travelled to the Leicestershire area.

Senior Investigating Officer, Detective Inspector Paul Coleman said: “We are appealing for help to locate Gary Butcher who was reported missing from North Sea Camp this morning.

“If you have any information to his current whereabouts, please contact us immediately. If you do see him, please do not approach him and instead, call us on 101 quoting incident 37 of 31st May and if it’s an emergency, dial 999.”

Earlier this year, sex offender Paul Robson absconded from the same prison which led to a manhunt in February.