Rape suspect absconds during court hearing

Police are hunting a rape suspect who absconded from custody while attending a court hearing.

Jack McRae, 23, was at a preliminary hearing at Southampton Crown Court for an upcoming rape trial having been transported from prison.

He absconded from the courtroom at around 10.51am on Tuesday.

He was wearing a grey T-shirt and dark trousers with a belt.

He is described as a white male, brown hair, proportionate build, 180cm tall, and does not have facial hair.

A Hampshire police spokesman said: "If you see him, please call 999 immediately. Although he is not considered a danger to the general public, we would advise you not to approach him.

"Anyone found to be assisting him could face criminal action if they've committed an offence."

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