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Police warn people not to approach escaped prisoner

Police are trying to trace David Gilbert from Penzance who went missing from Hewell Prison in Worcestershire on Saturday.

They say they are working with Devon and Cornwall Police. Gilbert has relatives and friends across Devon and Cornwall but has had little contact with them in recent years.

West Mercia Police say they are assessing how much of a risk Mr Gilbert poses. They have issued the following statement.

Although he was serving a life sentence for murder, he was being considered for parole and the circumstances of the murder lead us to believe he is not considered to be a risk to the general public. However he may pose a risk to those he develops a relationship with. We urge anyone who sees Gilbert not to approach him but to contact police immediately.

Furthermore, we would ask anyone who may be helping him or sheltering him to contact us.

– Detective Inspector Robert Bruce, West Mercia Police


Police search for missing prisoner from Penzance

David Gilbert Credit: West Mercia Police

Police are looking for a prisoner who didn't return to HMP Hewell in Worcestershire on Saturday after his day release.

David Gilbert, who's 56 and from Penzance, was jailed for life for the murder of his partner in 1997 but he was nearing the end of his sentence and being considered for parole.