Wanted man Paul Flint charged with escaping from prison

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A 48-year-old man who police say walked out of Ford Prison on July 1 has been charged with escaping from custody.

Paul Flint was the subject of a Sussex Police manhunt, which ended in Horsham on Friday.

He was arrested at 3.55pm in Wellington Road, Horsham, after a member of the public saw him in the town and called police.

He has now been charged with escaping from custody and will appear at Lewes Crown Court on 30 September.

Flint was also arrested on suspicion of carrying out three burglaries in Brighton and Hove in July and August.

He was questioned before being formally released on bail for the burglary offences until 7 October, although he will remain in prison because of his other convictions.

Sussex Police launched Operation Magpie to tackle burglary across the county.

A police spokesman said: “We would like to thank everyone who has contacted us with possible sightings of Flint since he went missing.

“It is because of the public’s help that he has now been returned to prison.”

Anyone with information about burglaries can call 101 or the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.