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Paul Robson: Police release new images of sex offender who absconded from open prison

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Police have released new images of convicted sex offender Paul Robson who absconded from an open prison on Sunday.

The 56-year-old, who is serving a life sentence for attempted rape and indecent assault, was reported missing from HMP North Sea Camp in Boston, Lincolnshire.

Releasing the updated pictures, Lincolnshire Police said: “Following further enquiries, it’s believed he’s got a dark donkey jacket with a large collar and blue on the shoulders in his possession.

“We also believe that his facial hair might not look similar to the image we’ve previously circulated, and that it might not be tied and may be lighter in colour.”

Chief Superintendent Kate Anderson added: “It has now been three days since Paul Robson was last seen and we continue to appeal to members of the public for their help to find him.

“We are keeping an open mind as to his current whereabouts and we’re pursuing extensive lines of enquiry based on the information that the public have shared with us so far.

“We’re grateful to those who have already contacted us, and we would urge people to continue doing so.

“Any information, no matter how small, is useful in allowing us to build a bigger picture and it leads us closer to taking a dangerous man off our streets.

“We understand there may be concerns around personal safety, but we have allocated a number of resources to this investigation to aid in his swift arrest.

“Rest assured we are taking this seriously and advise that if you do see him, please contact us immediately and try not to approach him or apprehend him yourself.”

Police said anyone with information or confirmed sightings should call 999.

It was initially thought Robson was in the Boston area but police now believe he could be anywhere in the country.

Robson was denied parole five times before being moved to an open prison last month.

He was deemed suitable for the category D open prison after a hearing in February 2021, but was not transferred until 21 January this year.

Born in Newcastle, he was jailed for life in 2000 after crawling into a woman’s home through her cat flap and attacking her.

He put a pillowcase over her head and held a knife to her throat during the attack in Oxford.

Robson, who already had a long history of violent sex attacks on women and young girls, was described by a judge as a “menace to females”.

He had been in and out of prison for attacks against women and girls as young as eight before he was given the life sentence.

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