Manhunt launched for robber missing from Ford prison

Convicted robber Peter Mahoney has fled Ford Open Prison SUS-140715-182501001

Convicted robber Peter Mahoney has fled Ford Open Prison SUS-140715-182501001

POLICE have launched a manhunt for a convicted robber who has gone missing from Ford Open Prison.

Peter Mahoney, pictured, left the prison on Friday (July 11) and travelled to Brighton on day release but did not return.

He has not been seen or heard from since.

Mahoney was given an indeterminate sentence in 2010 and told he would serve at least four years after he admitted charges of racially aggravated wounding, possession of a firearm, robbery and possession of an imitation firearm.

He committed the offences on November 5 and 6 of 2008.

On November 5, 2008, he racially abused a customer in a shop in Norwood, Greater London, went to his home and then returned with an air pistol and shot the victim.

The next day he threatened a group of friends with an airgun in Stone, near Dartford, after claiming to be a police officer. He stole their car and drove off.

Mahoney, 37, is white, 6ft 2ins and of average build. He has links to London and Kent.

PC Steve Reed said: “Mahoney has a history of violence and is therefore a concern. We need to recapture him as quickly as possible.

“We need people to contact us if they see him or know where he is. If you see him, do not approach him but call 999 immediately instead.”

Anyone with information about Mahoney should call 101, email 101@sussex.pnn.police.uk or call the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.




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