Dangerous sex offender on the run was denied parole five times.


Dangerous, fleeing, sex offender who escaped after being transferred to an open prison, was denied parole five times.

Lincolnshire Police say Paul Robson, described as a “special threat to women and young children,” is serving a life sentence for attempted rape and indecent assault. The HMP North Sea camp near Boston was reported missing at about 1 p.m.

Labor said Justice Secretary Dominic Raab had “serious questions to answer” following the government’s decision to allow Robson into open prison following a parole board recommendation in February last year.

Police have urged people not to approach Robson, 56, who arrived in open jail on January 21 this year, as he could “cause real harm to anyone he meets.”

Paul Robson escapes HMP North Sea Camp on Sunday (Lincolnshire Police / PA) / PA Media

During the review of his fifth parole, Robson was denied release but was recommended to be transferred to a Category D open prison.

The Newcastle-born sex offender was jailed in Oxford Crown Court in 2000 after he broke into a woman’s home with a cat flap, tied her up, leaned on her head, and strangled her. He attacked her with a knife.

He was sentenced to at least nine years in prison, but has spent another 11 years in prison.

Robson was released from prison just three weeks before the attack and was on a license – a sentencing judge called him a “threat to women.”

The inmate who emerges from HMP North Sea Camp is described as a white man with a bald head, a long goat beard and a slender build.

Commenting on Robson’s case, a spokesman for the Parole Board said: “The Parole Board refused to release Paul Robson but recommended that he be transferred to an open prison after an oral hearing in February 2021.