Manhunt launched for convicted killer, 54, who absconded from prison

Manhunt is launched after convicted killer, 54, who strangled a woman with a belt went on the run from open prison in Gloucestershire

  • Convicted killer Marcus Coates, 54, was jailed for manslaughter in 2012
  • He absconded from open prison HMP Leyhill in Tortworth, Gloucestershire
  • Avon and Somerset Police warned the public to stay away and call 999
  • Coates was last seen at Bristol bus station between 8.30-9.30am on Thursday
  • Marcus Coates, 54, has a number of tattoos

    Marcus Coates, 54, has a number of tattoos

    A convicted killer who strangled a woman with a belt is at the centre of a police hunt today after he absconded from an open prison.

    Marcus Coates, 54, was serving a sentence for manslaughter at HMP Leyhill in Tortworth, Gloucestershire.

    Coates, who killed Jennie Banner, 32, in Augustus 2011 and left her body for five days, was last seen near Bristol’s bus station on Thursday night.

    He was convicted of manslaughter in 2012.

    Following the court case, Detective Chief Inspector Jon Clayden described him as having a ‘long history of violent offending’, branding him a ‘danger’.

    During sentencing, Judge Philip Statman described Coates as ‘dangerous’, adding that he had shown no remorseonly self-pity.

    At the time of his disappearance, Coates was captured on CCTV wearing a blue polo shirt, blue jacket, blue jeans and grey Puma trainers.

    Avon and Somerset Police have warned the public to stay away from him and to call 999 dadelik.

    Coates has links to London and Kent and is described as 5 voet 10 inches tall, with blue eyes and receding mousey brown hair.

    Coates was last seen at Bristol bus station between 8.30-9.30am on Thursday

    Coates was last seen at Bristol bus station between 8.30-9.30am on Thursday

    Avon and Somerset Police have warned the public to stay away from him and to call 999 dadelik. Op die foto, HMP Leyhill

    Avon and Somerset Police have warned the public to stay away from him and to call 999 dadelik. Op die foto, HMP Leyhill

    The force said his tattoos include his name and a rose on his name on his left hand, a heart and ‘West Ham FCon his right arm and a female’s name across his knuckles on his right hand.

    'N Polisiewoordvoerder het gesê: ‘He was last seen near Bristol Bus Station between 8.30-9.30am on Thursday 28 October wearing a blue polo shirt, blue jacket, blue jeans and grey Puma trainers, as per the CCTV image.

    ‘Coates has links to London and Kent areas. If you see Coates, don’t approach, bel 999 and give reference number 5221253377. If you know where he may be, bel 101 and use the same reference number.

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