UPDATE: Man wanted for absconding from Ford Prison arrested in Horsham

A 48-year-old man who walked out of Ford Prison has been charged with escaping from custody.

Paul Flint left the prison on 1 July and Sussex Police launched an operation to track him down and detain him.

He was arrested at 3.55pm in Wellington Road, Horsham, after a member of the public saw him in the town and called police.

He has now been charged with escaping from custody and will appear at Lewes Crown Court on 30 September.

Flint was also arrested on suspicion of carrying out three burglaries in Brighton and Hove in July and August.

He was questioned before being formally released on bail for the burglary offences until 7 October, although he will remain in prison because of his other convictions.

Sussex Police launched Operation Magpie to tackle burglary across the county.

A police spokesman said: “We would like to thank everyone who has contacted us with possible sightings of Flint since he went missing.

“It is because of the public’s help that he has now been returned to prison.”

Anyone with information about burglaries should call 101 or the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.

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