Search

Violent London armed robber absconds from open prison

Simon Rhodes-Butler absconded from Category D HMP Ford open prison on May 22 (Picture: Sussex Police/PA Wire

)

Simon Rhodes-Butler absconded from Category D HMP Ford open prison on May 22 (Picture: Sussex Police/PA Wire )

A violent armed robber from London is missing after he absconded from an open jail more than a week ago.

Simon Rhodes-Butler is the latest in a series of prisoners to have recently gone on the run, including notorious criminal Michael ‘Skull Cracker’ Wheatley.

The 37-year-old, originally from Offord Road, Islington, was jailed for seven years in September 2011 for a robbery on a garage owner in south London.

Sussex Police said Rhodes-Butler absconded from HMP Ford, a Category D open prison in West Sussex, on May 22.

Efforts to find him in the past week have failed, with an appeal now launched to find the fugitive, who has friends and family in London.

The public are warned not to approach him but to call 999 immediately if he is spotted.

Rhodes-Butler and his accomplice Ilyas Ismal attacked and robbed a garage owner of his Rolex watch in south Norwood in March 2011.

Croydon Crown Court heard that the owner of the mechanics garage feared for his life after the pair walked in and wrestled him to the ground.

PC Steve Reed, of Sussex Police, 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.”

A string of criminals have gone on the run from open prisons recently, with Wheatley the most high-profile of them.

The 55-year-old was jailed for life this week for a raid on a building society he committed while on the run from HMP Standford Hill in Kent.

His case sparked a political row over the day release of dangerous criminals.

Anyone with information about the whereabouts of Rhodes-Butler is asked to contact Sussex Police on 101, or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

0 comments

Welcome , please leave your message below.

Optional - JPG files only
Optional - MP3 files only
Optional - 3GP, AVI, MOV, MPG or WMV files
Comments

Please log in to leave a comment and share your views with other Islington Gazette visitors.

We enable people to post comments with the aim of encouraging open debate.

Only people who register and sign up to our terms and conditions can post comments. These terms and conditions explain our house rules and legal guidelines.

Comments are not edited by Islington Gazette staff prior to publication but may be automatically filtered.

If you have a complaint about a comment please contact us by clicking on the Report This Comment button next to the comment.

Not a member yet?

Register to create your own unique Islington Gazette account for free.

Signing up is free, quick and easy and offers you the chance to add comments, personalise the site with local information picked just for you, and more.

Sign up now

Latest Islington News Stories

Emergency services and displaced commuters outside Caledonian Road and Barnsbury station (Picture: Sam Gelder)

Two boys are believed to have been stabbed in a group fight at Caledonian Road and Barnsbury station this afternoon, leaving one seriously injured while another fled onto a passing bus.

Yesterday, 13:19
Angela Sinclair 92 years old @  Save Whittington Hospital March

A stalwart campaigner for social justice who continued going on protest marches into her 90s has died.

Yesterday, 13:02
Masjid Al-risaalah mosque and Islington Islamic Centre. (Picture: Google Maps).

A man in his late 40s was stabbed outside a Holloway mosque in broad daylight on Tuesday afternoon.

Yesterday, 06:00
GCSE results are out tomorrow

Teenagers across the country face one of the most nerve-racking days of their young lives today with the publication of GCSE results.

Wed, 18:03
Experts estimate the Holloway Prison site would be worth £2billion as housing

The days when people will be paying to live in Holloway Prison, rather than being forced to, came one step closer after the Ministry of Justice appointed property agent Bilfinger GVA to advise on the sale of the site.

Wed, 17:12
David Robinson

The man who died in an Archway shooting on Saturday has been named as 25-year-old David Robinson.

Wed, 15:59
Islington Gazette, August 24, 1956

An eight-year-old boy died after climbing onto a “mechanical horse” tractor unit, driving it and then crashing it.

Wed, 14:45
Seagulls in St John's Grove (Picture: Polly Hancock)

Last week, we revealed that a colony of seagulls is “terroising” St John’s Grove in Archway. In a guest column, Will McCallum, of Canonbury-based Greenpeace, explains why the “bad boys of seaside resorts” have found their place on our rooftops.

Education and Training

cover

Read the
Education and Training
e-edition today

Read Now

Newsletter Sign Up

Most read news

Competitions

You could win £15,000 to spend on either their mortgage or a deposit towards the home of their dreams

Wouldn’t it be lovely to have a period of time when you simply don’t have to worry about finding the money each month to pay your mortgage? When you don’t have to put money aside from your monthly income, or worry about having to afford other essential outgoings?

Which book character do you share cleaning habits with?

Whether you have more in common with put-upon Cinderella, emotionally turbulent Jane Eyre, or easily distracted Mole, you’re sure to appreciate that one lucky winner will receive four sessions of free cleaning. Enter our quiz for your chance to win. All runners up will get £10 off their first clean when making a repeat booking.

Digital Edition

cover

Enjoy the
Islington Gazette
e-edition today

Subscribe

Education and Training

cover

Read the
Education and Training
e-edition today

Read Now