Police appeal for help in tracing absconded prisoners

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Suffolk Police are renewing their appeal for help in tracing two Hollesley Bay prisoners who absconded overnight on Sunday.

Police were contacted by prison staff just before 8.40am on Monday, reporting Paul Devereux, 42, and Jonathan Ewing, 44, had not been present for breakfast registration and were believed to have absconded.

Paul Devereux

Paul Devereux

Devereux, who was serving a life sentence for robbery with an imitation firearm, is described as white, around 5ft 9ins tall, of stocky build, with short brown hair, brown eyes and several tattoos including a snake/dagger design on his forearm.

He has connections to the Sudbury area of Suffolk.

Ewing, who was serving an indeterminate sentence for wounding/ GBH with intent, is described as white, 5ft 11ins tall, of slight build, with balding brown hair and blue eyes, with a number of tattoos and facial piercings.

He is known to have connections to the Colchester area of Essex.

Jonathan Ewing

Jonathan Ewing

Detective Inspector Caroline Millar said: “Although it is not considered that Devereux and Ewing pose a risk to the public, we would remind people not to approach them or take further action other than phone the police immediately.

“Both men are reliant on medication, which it appears they have not taken with them, therefore there is the risk of harm to themselves.

“A number of enquiries have been made since the men were reported missing, and these enquiries will continue. Both men are quite distinctive in the way they look, particularly Ewing who has a number of tattoos and facial piercings.

“Although it would appear that they absconded at the same time it is not clear at this stage whether they would have stayed together, or gone their separate ways.

“We would urge people to call us straight away if they see either of the two men, or have any information as to their whereabouts.”

Anyone with information is asked to contact Suffolk Police or the nearest police station by calling 101.