Search is started for Ford Open Prison absconder

Ford Open Prison absconder Michael O'Rourke SUS-150805-154502001
Ford Open Prison absconder Michael O'Rourke SUS-150805-154502001

Police and prison service officers are hunting for 36-year-old Michael O’Rourke who absconded from Ford Open Prison on Wednesday, May 6.

O’Rourke, who is serving a sentence for burglary and theft, was identified as missing from Ford at 4.30pm.

He is known to have got a taxi around 9pm from Horsham railway station, where this photo was taken.

A Sussex Police spokesman said: “A number of reports of sightings have been received from Sutton, his home area and where his offending occurred.”

O’Rouke is white, of medium build, around 5ft 8in, with a shaved/bald head. When last seen, he was wearing grey jogging bottoms, white jumper and black trainers with a white trim. He is believed to be carrying a large green raincoat.

Anyone who knows of his whereabouts is asked to email or call 101 (Sussex) quoting Operation Parcel.

The spokesman warned anyone who saw O’Rourke should dial 999 immediately and not approach him.