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Offender serving time for attempted murder absconds from Hollesley Bay

Gavin Owens went missing from Hollesley Bay prison Credit: Suffolk Police

An offender serving time for attempted murder has absconded from Hollesley Bay prison overnight.

Police were contacted around 8.40am this morning, Monday 8 August, reporting Gavin Owens, 33, as missing. The last confirmed sighting of him at the prison was at 11pm last night, Sunday 7 August.

Owens was serving an indeterminate sentence for attempted murder, GBH and ABH.

Owens, also known as Gavin Burrell, is described as white, around 5ft 11ins tall, of medium build, with green eyes and very short brown hair. He has several tattoos including a Celtic band on his right upper arm.

He has links to the Hinckley area of Leicestershire.

Police are asking anyone who may have seen him or anyone with information about where he is now to contact officers. You should not approach him or take any further action.

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Concerns over Peterborough Prison

Peterborough Prison Credit: Press Association

Peterborough Prison has been criticised by the Howard League for Penal Reform for the number of self-harm incidents which have been recorded there.

The charity says 24 self-harm incidents were recorded every week at Peterborough last year.

Peterborough Prison holds both men and women.

Women represent one in 20 people in prison but they make up half of all self-harm incidents.