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Violent Robber On The Run From Open Prison
A robber has become the latest in a series of prisoners to go on the run from an open jail in the UK.
Simon Rhodes-Butler, 37, was jailed for seven years in September 2011 for a robbery on a garage owner in south London.
He absconded from Category D HMP Ford open in prison in West Sussex on May 22 and has been missing ever since, according to Sussex Police.
Rhodes-Butler and his accomplice Ilyas Ismal attacked the garage owner and took his Rolex watch in south Norwood in March 2011.
The owner told Croydon Crown Court he feared for his life after he was wrestled to the ground by the pair.
The two men then fled after abandoning their car, ran into the car park of a block of flats, and were then arrested.
Police have launched an appeal for information to track Rhodes-Butler, who is from Tottenham, north London. Members of the public have been warned not to approach him.
PC Steve Reed, of Sussex Police, said: "We need to speak to anyone who might have an idea where he could be or where he has been staying."
He is the latest in a spate of criminals to go on the run from open prisons.
This week Michael Wheatley, 55, known as the "Skullcracker", was jailed for life for a raid on a building society while on the run from HMP Standford Hill in Kent.
His case has sparked a review of open prisons.