Police rush sex offender after prison escape


A sex offender has escaped from prison where he is serving a life sentence for aggravated burglary.

HMP North Sea Camp in Boston, Lincolnshire, reported that Gary Butcher, 55, escaped just three months after another sex offender made a runner.

As police ask the public to keep an eye on the convict, he was described as a stocky white man with a swallow tattoo on his right arm and a “Phillip-Trina” tattoo on his left arm.

Lead investigator Detective Inspector Paul Coleman has issued an appeal for information to locate Butcher, who may have traveled to the Leicestershire area.

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Butcher disappeared from HMP North Sea Camp on Tuesday

Detective Inspector Coleman said: ‘We are requesting assistance in locating Gary Butcher, who was reported missing from the North Sea camp this morning.

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

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Sex offender Paul Robson, who escaped from the same jail that opened earlier this year, was discovered in Skegness after a four-day manhunt.

HMP North Sea from above
HMP North Sea from above

North Sea Camp is a Category D men’s prison for convicts nearing the end of their incarceration.

The government’s website says the prison is “committed to providing a safe and educational environment where men can learn new skills to help them on their release.”

He continues: “As an open prison, its main objective is to resettle residents and accustom them to working in the community.

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“There is a job club and Jobcentre Plus, self-employment courses and paid opportunities to work outside of prison.”

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It was originally a borstal which opened in 1935.

Borstal trainees crossed the country from Stafford to build two protective dykes and began reclaiming land from the North Sea.

The land became the prison farm, which until 2004 was the largest in the UK.



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