'Dangerous and violent' Isle of Sheppey prisoner escapes

William Pearce Image copyright Kent Police
Image caption William Pearce is believed to have travelled towards London

A "potentially dangerous and violent" prisoner serving a life sentence has escaped.

William Pearce, 39, who was jailed for armed robbery, went missing from HMP Standford Hill on the Isle of Sheppey on Monday.

It is believed he travelled towards London and the public are urged not to approach him.

Pearce is about 5ft 11in (180cm) and slim, with dark hair, brown eyes and a three-inch scar on his left cheek.

He also has a tattoo with the words "Mum and Dad" on his right shoulder and a tattoo with the word "Charlie" on his left forearm.

Sam De Lozey, from Kent Police, said: "Pearce is viewed as potentially dangerous and violent and I would urge members of the public to not approach him directly, but to immediately call police."

Pearce is said to have links to Kent, Sussex, London and Birmingham.

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