Absconded prisoner spotted in Horsham

Absconded prisoner Michael O'Rourke

Absconded prisoner Michael O'Rourke

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Police and prison service officers are hunting for man who absconded from Ford Open Prison on Wednesday (May 6).

Michael O’Rourke, 36, is serving a sentence for burglary and theft and was reported missing from Ford at 4.30pm.

Police said he is known to have caught a taxi at around 9pm from Horsham railway station, where this photo was taken.

There have also been a number of reported sightings received from Sutton, his home area and where his offending took place.

He is white, of medium build, around 5’ 8”, with a shaved/bald head and was wearing grey jogging bottoms, a white jumper and black trainers with a white trim when he was last spotted. He is believed to be carrying a large green raincoat.

Anyone who knows of his whereabouts is asked to email 101@sussex.pnn.police.uk or call 101 (Sussex) quoting Operation Parcel.

If you see him, do not approach, but dial 999 immediately.