Rapists who escaped from HMP Leyhill found by police

Sky News:-  Two rapists who escaped from prison after “forcing a door” have been found, police said.

Officers from the Avon and Somerset force have said they are “no longer looking for the two absconders from HMP Leyhill” in Tortworth, Gloucestershire.

John-Paul Knowlson and Stuart O’Neill were both arrested in Patchway, south Gloucestershire, on Thursday morning and are now in custody.

The pair were said to have forced a door when they escaped from prison at about 2am on Wednesday.

Avon and Somerset Police said both prisoners are serving indeterminate sentences.

Knowlson, 30, from Bristol, was transferred to HMP Leyhill in September last year.

He was convicted of rape at Bristol Crown Court in 2011.

After he escaped the police described him as white, 5ft 5in tall and of medium build.

They added that he speaks with a West Country accent, has a cross tattoo on his right arm and was last seen wearing a red tracksuit top.

O’Neill, 29, from the Lancashire area, was said to have strong links to Manchester.

He was convicted of rape, burglary and theft offences at Manchester Crown Court in 2009 and was transferred to HMP Leyhill in October last year.

When he escaped police said he was white, 6ft 1in tall and of medium build.

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