Prisoner, 31, breaks free from jail as police issue frantic search appeal

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Police are appealing for information on the whereabouts of a convicted robber after he broke free from prison.

Alexander Bowes, 31, was reported missing shortly after 7.15pm today when prison guards found he was absent from a roll call at Hollesley Bay in Suffolk.

Bowes is described as white, 6ft tall, of slim build, with brown eyes, dark hair and a goatee. He has a star tattoo behind his right ear, further tattoos on his arms and a pierced ear.

Police say he was serving a three year and six-month sentence for robbery after being jailed in 2020 after he threatened a manager at a Subway in Birmingham while wielding a hypodermic syringe.

According to Birmingham Live, he later fled with his ordered food and cash – but was identified by fingerprints found on a cup of coffee he left behind.

He was not arrested until April 22 when he was stopped by officers because he was "out and about during these times with another person" and his name was checked.

Sentencing Bowes to three and a half years, Judge Simon Drew QC said: "It is clear that the victim was extremely concerned and frightened by your actions.

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"He did everything he could because of that fear that you might stab him with the needle to comply with your demands.

"The threat posed by hypodermic syringes is well known since the Aids epidemic in the 1980s.

"Everyone knows the implied threat that you will be infected by a potentially lethal disease."

Anyone who believes they have seen Alexander Bowes or has any information regarding his whereabouts is asked to contact Suffolk police on 101, quoting CAD reference 272 of today, 22 December 2021.

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