Police praise ‘brilliant’ call which led to Paul Robson’s arrest
Lincolnshire Police have praised the “absolutely brilliant” 999 call which led to the arrest of dangerous sex offender Paul Robson.
Robson, 56, was reported missing after he absconded from HMP North Sea Camp in Boston, Lincolnshire, at around 7am on Sunday 13th February.
He was serving a life sentence for attempted rape and indecent assault at the time.
Robson immediately became the subject of a nationwide manhunt, before being arrested in Skegness yesterday morning.
Speaking to the BBC, East Area Commander Chief Superintendent Kate Anderson said investigators received a number of reported sightings from across the country.
She said: “The reported sighting from Thursday morning was absolutely brilliant. The member of the public called us quickly after they spotted Robson.
“Local police officers were deployed straight from Skegness Police Station and they called for back-up and Robson was detained.
“We are very grateful to the support from the press and the media, the public and partners in sharing the information.
“It has been incredibly helpful.”
Lincolnshire Police added that they do not believe Paul Robson committed any further offences during his time on the run.
He remains in police custody at this time.
In a press statement, East Area Commander Chief Superintendent Kate Anderson added: “We are pleased to report that we have arrested Paul Robson.
“We are grateful to the member of the public who called this morning to report a sighting, which led to the eventual arrest of Robson.
“At this stage, we don’t believe he had any accomplices or believe that he’s committed further offences.
“We are grateful to members of the public for their help and support in sharing our appeals and we’d also like to give thanks to everyone who have called in with potential sightings of him.
“We’d also like to extend our thanks to partner agencies and our officers for working tirelessly to apprehend Robson.”
Updates to follow.
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