Residents urged not to worry after prisoner escapes Hatfield prison

Clinton Baldwin. Police want to tarce him after he absconded from HMP Hatfield
Clinton Baldwin. Police want to tarce him after he absconded from HMP Hatfield

A police manhunt has been launched to catch a convicted robber who has become the latest in a line of inmates to go missing from a Doncaster jail.

Members of the public who see scar-faced Clinton Baldwin are being urged not to approach him but instead to dial 999 immediately.

The 38-year-old absconded from HMP Hatfield some time between 8pm on Monday and 8.30am on Tuesday.

Baldwin is white, around 6ft 4ins tall, of medium build, with blue-grey eyes, and scars on the right side of his head and chin.

He is currently serving a sentence for robbery after being convicted in 2006.

Baldwin is the ninth inmate to walk out of the prison since May.

Seven have since been rearrested, but John Charles Byrne, aged 34, who was locked up for drug and firearms offences, remains at large follows his escape on August 2.

Hatfield town councillor Mick Glynn urged residents not to worry, saying: “I’m a bit disappointed. I know staff at Hatfield Prison and they’re doing an outstanding job but you’re always going to get one or two prisoners that wander off.

“They are put in a position of trust and they let themselves down at the end of the day. Inevitably they will be caught and sent back to a closed prison.”

He added: “To the people of Hatfield I would say please do not worry about prisoners on the run - when they get out they don’t hang about, they are away.

“Fortunately enough we’ve never had an incident of violence from anyone that’s absconded.”

Earlier this year, Don Valley MP Caroline Flint and ward councillor Pat Knight met Chris Dyer, Governor of HMP/YOI Hatfield, to discuss escapes after residents voiced concerns about safety and discussed what action the prison was taking to prevent inmates from going on the run.

Anyone with information about Baldwin is asked to call South Yorkshire Police quoting incident number 237 of October 7.