Suffolk: Re-appeal For Missing Prisoner

24 July 2012, 12:01 | Updated: 24 July 2012, 12:04

A fresh appeal has been made for information to help find a man who's gone missing from a Suffolk prison.

Police are renewing appeals for help in tracing a Hollesley Bay prisoner who failed to return from a community work placement at the end of June.

Edward MacDonald, 46, who is serving a life sentence after being jailed for arson, was given a temporary release licence to attend premises at Ransomes Europark in Ipswich on Thursday 28 June, however he failed to return to the prison by the 4.45pm licence end time.

Since then police have conducted a number of enquiries to trace him, including alerting other constabularies, listing him on the police national computer and carrying out address checks, but he has not yet been located.

MacDonald is described as white, 5ft 9ins tall, of medium build, with cropped grey hair and a Scottish accent. He has a scar on his right arm.

He has family in Great Yarmouth and other contacts in Leiston and East Sussex and it's possible he may be in any of these areas or still in the vicinity of Ipswich.

If anyone sees MacDonald they should phone the police with the details. They should not approach him or take any further action.

Anyone who may have seen him, or who may have any information about where he is now, is asked to contact Suffolk Police or their nearest police station using the new national number 101.