Violent prisoner escapes from Kewstoke hospital

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By Prue_Reid | Wednesday, December 05, 2012, 09:25

Police in Wales are searching for a prisoner who escaped from a hospital in North Somerset.

Officers say Austin Phillips, 25, absconded from Cygnet Hospital at Kewstoke near Weston-super-Mare early on Sunday.

Phillips had been on remand for alleged burglary and violence offences at Swansea Prison.

He disappeared from the private Beach Road hospital after he had been referred there for a mental health assessment.

South Wales police have described the man as 'violent and dangerous' and have warned members of the public not to approach him.

Officers believe he may have returned to the Swansea area, where the police search is concentrated.

He was last seen wearing white baseball boots, dark blue baggy jeans and a beige jumper.

Anyone with any information as to his whereabouts should call South Wales police on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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