MP brands sex offenders escape from open prison a ‘failure of the system’

Paul Robson

MP brands sex offenders escape from open prison a ‘failure of the system’

An MP says it is a “failure of the system” that a dangerous sex offender has been allowed to escape from an open prison.

Paul Robson, 56, was reported missing from the open prison at around 7am yesterday, Sunday 13th February.

He is currently serving a life sentence for attempted rape and indecent assault.

Lincolnshire Police have now started a manhunt for the missing prisoner who could be “anywhere in the country” but have warned the public not to approach him.

He has been described as a “particular danger to women and young children”.

Matt Warman, the Conservative MP for Boston and Skegness, said he had raised concerns about the prison’s security “repeatedly” with the Ministry of Justice.

Mr Warman said: “Any absconding from North Sea Camp is deeply worrying for local people, and it’s a sign of a failure within the system that should be making sure only those suitable for open prisons are placed there.

“This is a matter I’ve raised repeatedly with the MoJ and others, and while it’s welcome that numbers have fallen from previous levels, there is clearly more work to do.

“As the system is currently being reformed, I will continue to press for permanent changes to improve the system and ensure public safety. In the meantime, the public should remain vigilant.”

Robson was jailed at Oxford Crown Court in 2000 after he entered a woman’s home through a cat flap before tying her up, putting a pillowcase over her head, and brutally assaulting her while holding a knife to her throat.

The Parole Board turned down a plea from Robson in February 2021 but instead had him moved North Sea Camp.

They added that Robson’s tariff for his minimum sentence in prison expired in 2009 and that it was recommended he was moved to open conditions after his fifth parole hearing.

According to the board, expert testimony was given from two individuals that supported the move of Robson to an open prison.

Robson is described as white, of slim build, bald and was last seen with a long goatee beard.

Anyone who might have seen Robson or who has information regarding his whereabouts is urged to contact Lincolnshire Police by calling 999.

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