BREAKING NEWS: ‘Violent’ robber escapes Ford prison

Simon Marcus Rhodes-Butler has absconded from Ford Open Prison
Simon Marcus Rhodes-Butler has absconded from Ford Open Prison

A ‘VIOLENT’ robber has gone missing from Ford Open Prison, police have announced today (Friday, May 30) – the second prisoner to have escaped the jail in little more than a month.

Simon Marcus Rhodes-Butler was jailed for seven years in September 2011 after he and accomplice Ilyas Ismail attacked and robbed a garage owner in South Norwood, London, in March that year.

Rhodes-Butler, 37, was convicted of robbery at Croydon Crown Court.

He was later moved to Ford Prison but absconded from there on May 22.

The announcement of his escape from Ford follows days after that of Kevin Brown, 54, who absconded from the Prison on April 10.

Police described Brown, who was jailed for life for conspiracy to rob and firearms offences, as ‘dangerous’.

He has so far evaded capture.

Rhodes-Butler, originally of Offord Road, Tottenham, has friends and family in London.

PC Steve Reed said: “We have been looking for Rhodes-Butler for a week but without success so far.

“We need to speak to anyone who might have an idea where he could be or where he has been staying.

“If you have any information please contact us.”

If you see either Rhodes-Butler or Brown do not approach them but instead call 999 immediately.

For further information about Brown, click here.