Sex offender absconds from Gloucestershire prison

Police are searching for a sex offender who has absconded from HMP Leyhill.

Steven Chamberlain, 47, who has been jailed for offences including a serious sexual assault, was last seen at the minimum-security south Gloucestershire prison on Friday, Avon and Somerset Police said.

Tattooed Chamberlain is described as white, 6ft 2ins, of slim build with a bald head.

His tattoos include a horse's head on his upper left arm, a rose anchor on his left forearm and a Tasmanian Devil dagger design on his right forearm.

Police said it is believed he may be wearing a grey t-shirt and blue jeans.

He has links to the Essex area.

Avon and Somerset Police warned members of the public not to approach him and are asking if anyone sees Chamberlain or knows of his whereabouts to "immediately" ring 999 and state the reference number 5218173738.

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