A manhunt has been launched for a convicted rapist who jumped over the dock and escaped from court.
Bradley Tout, aged 20, was convicted of rape alongside co-defendent Kulin Odedra, 28, at Worcester Crown Court on Wednesday.
But after the jury returned their verdict, he vaulted over the wall of the dock and ran out of the courtroom, past the security staff and onto the street.
Security firm GeoAMEY confirmed to the Worcester News that a custody officer had been injured during the escape.
The rapes took place at County Hall in Worcester and at another location on the outskirts of the city on December 27, 2016.
The 16-year-old victim accused them off "passing me around just like I was this piece of meat", and had taken photographs of bruises she said were inflicted as Odedra slapped her.
Tout, of Durham Road, Worcester, is described as white, 5ft 8ins tall with short mousey brown hair.
He was wearing a white top and dark trousers at the time of his escape.
Supt Paul Moxley warned that anyone found to have helped Tout evade officers, or harboured him while in hiding, would also face arrest.
Tout and Odedra, of Canterbury Road, Ronkswood, Worcester, were due to be sentenced on Thursday.
The judge in the case sentenced both men in Tout's absence.
He was given seven and a half years in a Young Offenders Institution, while Odedra was sentenced to 11 and a half years.
Odedra had been found guilty of two counts of rape, one of attempted rape and one of assault by penetration.
Anyone who sees Tout or knows of his whereabouts is asked to immediately call 999 quoting incident 474s of 3 October 2018, or Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.