Calls for inquiry into rapist lifer’s double jail escape

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Calls have been made for a full investigation into how a “very dangerous” rapist from Leeds managed to escape from an open prison for a second time.

Adam Mark, 37, from Osmondthorpe, was arrested last night in the Hambrook area of Gloucestershire, two days after he went missing from HMP Leyhill in the county.

But questions are now being asked about why he was still being detained in a minimum-security facility after it emerged that he had gone on the run from North Sea Camp open prison, in Boston, Lincolnshire, in 2008.

Steve Webb, the Liberal Democrat MP for the Thornbury and Yate constituency where HMP Leyhill is located, said: “This is the first occasion that I am aware of where someone has absconded once from an open prison, been given another opportunity and absconded again.

“The long term trend in absconding at Leyhill is down, but you can’t just ignore a case like this, and I want a full investigation.”

Mark was jailed for life in 1996 for three rapes and one attempted rape. He attacked one victim, a 13-year-old girl, while on bail for another rape because of a police blunder described by a judge as “quite dreadful”.

Det Insp Jill Kells, who led the search for Avon and Somerset Police, said: “Adam Mark is a very dangerous man. He is serving a life sentence for a series of stranger sex attacks against women and children as young as 12. He has also carried out robberies to fund his drug habit.

“We know he had started using drugs again before he absconded from prison.”

Katie Russell, of charity Rape Crisis, said: “It’s deeply concerning that someone convicted of such serious sexual offences and with a history of absconding is still being held in an open prison.”

The Ministry of Justice said it could not comment on the case.