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'Violent and dangerous' escaped prisoner absconds from Somerset hospital

By This is Somerset  |  Posted: December 04, 2012

Austin Phillips

Austin Phillips

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

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

Phillips was on remand for alleged burglary and violence offences at Swansea Prison, and disappeared from the 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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