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Inmate escapes from police on Bristol motorway during prison transfer

Phillip Barrett. Credit: Avon and Somerset Police

A large-scale manhunt is underway after a prisoner managed to escape from police while being transferred to another jail.

Phillip Barrett made a break for it while being driven along the M32 motorway in Bristol on February 21.

The 37-year-old was being transported from HMP Bristol to another facility when he managed to flee.

Detective chief inspector Ed Yaxley, from Avon and Somerset Police, said they had deployed every available resource to track Barrett down.

The force has also offered a £1,000 reward for any information leading to the prisoner’s capture.

We’ve been utilising every resource we have at our disposal to track Barrett down since his escape yesterday afternoon.

We’re now turning to the public for help and asking for anyone who sees him to contact us.

If someone doesn’t want to speak to the police, we’d ask they instead contact Crimestoppers anonymously.

You don’t have to provide your name and you could earn yourself a reward of £1,000 if the information you provide is of significant use.

– Detective chief inspector Ed Yaxley

Barrett is described as white, 6ft 1ins tall, of large build, with short brown hair and brown eyes.

He has a mole on the right hand side of his face and several tattoos, including one of the word “Hollie” on his wedding ring finger and “BS4” on his right wrist.

Barrett, who has links to south Bristol, may also be walking with a limp.

DCI Yaxley added: “While Barrett is not thought to be a risk to the general public, we’d advise people not to approach him directly.”

Anyone who sees him is asked call 999 providing the call handler with the reference 5219038857. Anyone with information about where he might be is asked to call 101 quoting the same reference.