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Police believe man who absconded from open prison near Boston is no longer in the county

Police believe a man who absconded from an open prison is outside of the county.

Lincolnshire Police today reissued an appeal for information to help find James Joseph Smyth, who was serving time for GBH and robbery.

He left North Sea Camp, near Boston, more than a week ago.

“The last possible sighting we have of Smyth was on May 1 in Harrogate,” a statement read.

“We are continuing enquiries in the Yorkshire area following this sighting and due to Smyth's links with West Yorkshire.

“We would like to thank the media and the public for their support so far for our appeal and we would once again like to ask for help.

“If you have any information or you believe you may have seen Smyth, pleas don’t hesitate to get in touch.”

Members of the public are advised not to approach the 57-year-old.

He failed to return to North Sea Camp at Freiston, near Boston, at 2pm on Tuesday, April 30, following an agreed temporary release.

He was last seen just after 7.30am that morning, walking along the river in the direction of York city centre.

He is described as white, 6ft,1in, of slim build, around 64kg.

He has long grey-brown hair (occasionally worn in a top knot), a long grey beard and moustache, and green eyes.

He has a scar on his nose and left eye lid and sometimes wears glasses.

He also has a distinctive tattoo on his left wrist with the words ‘Daniel’ and ‘Tracey’, as well as a tattoo of a devil on his right shoulder.

Detective Inspector Mel Rooke said: “We are appealing for help to locate James Joseph Smyth who is wanted for absconding from North Sea Camp.

“He is known to have connections with the Leeds, West Yorkshire, area.”

Anyone with information as to his current whereabouts is asked to contact police immediately.

Members of the public are advised not to approach him but if you do see him, please call us on 101 quoting incident 387 of 30 April, or email force.control@lincs.police.uk quoting ‘Incident 387 of 30 April’ in the subject line.

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