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Inmate Bernard Sharkey absconds from Teesside jail

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Media captionBernard Sharkey was serving an indeterminate sentence at HMP Kirklevington Grange near Yarm

A prisoner who was jailed for making threats to kill and possessing an offensive weapon has absconded from a Teesside resettlement prison.

Bernard Sharkey, 34, was serving an indeterminate sentence at HMP Kirklevington Grange near Yarm.

He was last seen carrying out community work at Newham Grange Farm in Coulby Newham at 12:30 BST on Thursday.

Cleveland Police warned members of the public not to approach Sharkey but to call 999 immediately.

He was serving an indeterminate sentence for threats to kill, affray and possession of an offensive weapon.

Officers said he may pose a risk to a "known individual", who had been contacted, but not to the wider public.

The force said Sharkey has family in the Grangetown area, and family and friends in the Morpeth area and he is "likely" to still be in the North East after a "number of sightings".

Silver saloon car

He has been described as white, 5ft 9in tall and of medium build. He has a scar on his top lip and a Celtic band tattoo on his upper left arm.

Kirklevington Grange is a category C resettlement prison for adult male offenders nearing the end of their sentence.

Image caption Sharkey was last seen at Newham Grange Farm in Coulby Newham on Thursday

Police said Sharkey, who is married, was deemed as "low risk" by the prison, which is why he had been working in the community.

They said he was picked up from the farm in a silver saloon car, which indicated a level of planning.

Acting Supt Rob Donaghy said: "Information has come to light after he has gone missing that he may pose a risk to a known individual.

"That person has been contacted and measures put in place to ensure their safety. However it is important to stress we do not believe he poses a risk to the wider public.

"He does have convictions for violence and possession of an offensive weapon, so we would urge members of the public to call 999 if they see him and not to approach him."

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