Manhunt is launched for violent rapist, 34, who barged into woman’s home, forced her to undress then horrifically attacked her after he ESCAPES prison
- Convicted rapist Daniel Thompson, 34, has escaped from Leyhill prison
- He was jailed for breaching a court order after a 10-year sentence for rape
- Police have advised the public to not approach him if they see him but to call 999
Police have launched a manhunt for a convicted rapist Daniel Thompson, 34, who escaped from a South Gloucestershire prison after he failed to report for roll call at 4.45pm
Police have launched a manhunt for a convicted rapist has escaped from a South Gloucestershire prison.
Daniel Thompson, 34, failed to report for roll call at 4.45pm on Friday at Leyhill Prison, about 28 miles south-west of Cheltenham, Avon and Somerset Police said.
Thompson had last been seen at 11.45am at the facility, where he was imprisoned for breaching a court order after serving a 10-year sentence for rape.
He is described as being white and of slim build, 5ft 11ins tall with dark coloured short hair, brown eyes and is clean shaven.
He has a tattoo on the right side of his neck. He was wearing a dark blue tracksuit when last seen.
Thompson has links to Chester, Warrington and Darlington and may use the name ‘Gavin Barry’, police said.
A police spokesman said: ‘You are advised not to approach him if you see him, but call 999.’
In 2009 he was found guilty for raping her a woman in her flat.
Andrew Long, prosecuting told Warrington Crown Court the defendant followed the 23-year-old victim, who was not named, into her flat as she left the lift in her building at around 10.30pm on April 30.
He failed to report for roll call at 4.45pm on Friday at Leyhill Prison, about 28 miles south-west of Cheltenham, Avon and Somerset Police said. Police have advised the public to not approach him if they see him but to call 999
Thompson pushed past her as she tried to open the front door and demanded she take her clothes off before punching her in the face and raping her.
She was left with a range of injuries.
The woman said she sprayed scented aromatherapy oil on to her attacker’s face to ‘buy her time’ to run and shout for help.
A stain on Thompson’s hooded sweatshirt was later found to be a perfect match to the substance the woman sprayed.
But the defendant spun a web of lies, claiming the woman had consented to having intercourse.
Anyone who sees him is asked to call 999 and cite IML 484890 or contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.