Police launch hunt for rapist who has gone on the run from prison

Police launch hunt for rapist who has gone on the run from prison

Police launch hunt for rapist, 52, who has gone on the run from prison after 26 years behind bars

  • Andrew Gestyn Richards, 52, has failed to return to HMP Leyhill, Gloucestershire
  • Richards was due to return on June 25 after being released on temporary licence
  • He was jailed in 1995 for offences including assault, indecent assault and rape 

Police are on the hunt for a rapist who is on the run from prison after 26 years inside.

Andrew Gestyn Richards, 52, has failed to return to HMP Leyhill in Gloucestershire after being released on temporary licence.

Richards was jailed in 1995 for offences including assault, indecent assault and rape. 

Andrew Gestyn Richards, 52, has failed to return to HMP Leyhill in Gloucestershire after being released on temporary licence

He was last seen wearing a black baseball cap, grey jacket, black Adidas three-stripe shorts and blue trainers

Richards had been staying at an authorised address in Swansea and was due to return to the open prison on June 25. 

The offender has links to the Bridgend and Porthcawl areas of South Wales.

He is described as white, clean shaven, around 5ft 10ins (1.78m) tall, with grey hair.

Richards, who was jailed in 1995 for offences including assault, indecent assault and rape, has failed to return to HMP Leyhill in Gloucestershire

He was last seen wearing a black baseball cap, grey jacket, black Adidas three-stripe shorts and blue trainers.

He was also carrying a dark-blue drawstring bag, a large black holdall and a rolled-up green item, possibly a tent.

Avon and Somerset Police believe he could be camping, possibly in the wilderness, and may have travelled from the Swansea area. 

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