A ROBBER who absconded from an open prison near Uttoxeter is believed to have stabbed a woman while on the run, police have said.
Charlie Cassey walked out of HMP Sudbury last month where he was serving a four-year sentence for robbery and false representation.
Police have now revealed they believe he went on to attack a 24-year-old woman in St Leonards, Dorset, on Wednesday evening.
The victim, from Wales, suffered a non-life-threatening injury to her body and was taken to Poole hospital.
Dorset police said they believed Casey was in the Binfield and Slough areas, to the west of London. But officers said they thought he had now moved on to Gwent, in Wales, and urged the public not to approach him.
He was described as white, 6ft 1in and of average build, with short, dark brown hair, blue eyes, and an Irish accent.
Detective Sergeant Andy Bell said: “Officers are searching for Charlie Casey and we are following positive lines of inquiry.
“If members of the public see anyone matching the description, or anyone hiding or acting in a suspicious or unusual way, then I would urge them to call their local police straight away. I would like to appeal directly to Charlie to make contact with the authorities as soon as possible.”
In the latest of a long line of absconders, Keiran Staff walked out of the prison on Saturday. Staff was convicted in 2012 at Nottingham Crown Court and sentenced to five years behind bars for possession of firearm and ammunition without a certificate.
He is described as black, 30-years-old, 5ft 8ins tall, slim build, short black shaved hair, beard and moustache, brown eyes and a Midlands accent. His last known address was in Nottingham.
Anyone with any information is asked not to approach him but to contact their local police or Crimestoppers anonymously 0800 555 111.