Prisoner Clare Barstow fails to return to HMP East Sutton Park

Clare Barstow
Image caption Clare Barstow was released on temporary licence on 15 March

A prisoner who failed to return to an open prison in Kent has sparked an appeal by police trying to discover her whereabouts.

Clare Barstow, 52, was released on temporary licence from HMP East Sutton Park on 15 March to attend a work appointment.

She failed to return to the Category D prison near Maidstone later that day, breaching the terms of her licence.

Anyone with information is asked to call Kent Police

Police and the Ministry of Justice have refused to confirm reports that Barstow was jailed for life at the Old Bailey in 1992 after being convicted of the murder of Cathy O'Neill, who was stabbed in London.

HMP East Sutton Park is described on the Ministry of Justice's website as "a pleasant mansion house overlooking the Weald of Kent".

"It holds both adult and young offender women in open conditions preparing them for resettlement in the community," the website adds.

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