Police are hunting for a “dangerous sex offender” who escaped from prison and presents a particular danger to women and children.
Paul Robson, who is serving a life sentence for attempted rape and indecent assault, absconded from an open prison in Lincolnshire on Sunday.
Robson was jailed at Oxford crown court in 2000 after he entered a woman’s home through a cat flap before tying her up, putting a pillowcase over her head and brutally assaulting her while holding a knife to her throat.
Lincolnshire police urged people not to approach the 56-year-old, saying he “can cause real harm to anyone he comes across”, adding he could have travelled outside of the county.
DCS Andy Cox said: “He could be anywhere in the country, and we are really keen to hear from the public with potential sightings so we can take this man off our streets.
“Robson is a dangerous sex offender and while he presents a particular danger to women and young children, I believe he can cause real harm to anyone he comes across. Since reports of his escape came to light, we have deployed additional resources to apprehend Robson.”
After his conviction, the sentencing judge described Robson as a “menace to females”. He had only been released from prison three weeks before the attack and was on licence.
He was reported missing from HMP North Sea Camp in Boston at around 7am on Sunday, Lincolnshire police said
He is described as a white male with a bald head and a long goatee beard and is of slim build.
“We are still working tirelessly to locate Paul Robson and are still working through numerous lines of inquiry,” Cox said.
“If you see Robson, please do not approach him, and do not try to apprehend him yourself. Call 999 immediately. We are really grateful for all the shares so far and rest assured we will continue our efforts to find and arrest him.”
Police have urged anyone with information or confirmed sightings of Robson to call 999.