Convicted killer sparks hunt after absconding from Leyhill Prison

A SEARCH is under way for a convicted killer who has gone on the run from Leyhill open prison in Tortworth, near Wotton under Edge.

Marcus Coates, 54, was last seen yesterday (Thursday) near Bristol Bus Station between 8.30am and 9.30am.

Coates, who has several tattoos, including West Ham FC and a woman’s name across his knuckles, was jailed in 2012 following a manslaughter conviction.

He’s described as white, male, about 5ft 10ins, with blue eyes and receding mousey brown hair.

His tattoos include his name and a rose on his name on left hand, a heart and West Ham FC on his right arm and a woman’s name across his knuckles on his right hand.

When last sighted, he was wearing a blue polo shirt, blue jacket, blue jeans and grey Puma trainers, as per the CCTV image included here.

Coates has links to London and Kent areas.

If you see Coates, don’t approach, call 999 and give reference number 5221253377.

If you know where he may be, call 101 and use the same reference number.

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