Police warn not to approach two prisoners who have escaped from Hollesley Bay and have connections in Cambridgeshire

Matthew Wilsdon and Richard Smith have both absconded from prison

Matthew Wilsdon and Richard Smith have both absconded from prison - Credit: Archant

Two prisoners doing time for theft, robbery, burglary and assault have escaped from Hollesley Bay – and have connections in Cambridgeshire.

Police are appealing for help in tracing the pair who were reported missing at around 4.45pm yesterday (May 15).

It is not known whether 41-year-old Matthew Wilsdon and Richard Smith, 25, absconded together.

Both men have connections to Cambridgeshire and members of the public are advised not to approach them.

Wilsdon is serving a seven years and six months sentence for robbery and assault.


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He is described as white, five feet 11 inches tall, with blue eyes, brown hair and weighs around 13.5 stone. He has a tribal tattoo on his right arm. Smith is serving a one year and 11 months sentence for theft, burglary and assault.

He is described as white, six feet tall, with blue eyes, blonde hair and is of slight build, weighing around 10.5 stone.

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He has a tattoo on his lower right arm and a scar on the right side of his face.

Anyone who believes they may have seen Matthew Wilsdon or Richard Smith, or who has any information regarding their whereabouts, is asked to contact Suffolk Police on 101 quoting Cad 262 of Tuesday 15 May.

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