June 4, 2022 9.10 am This story is over 24 months old

Sex offending prison absconder Gary Butcher charged

He will appear in court today

Update 4 June 12.57pm

A 56-year-old man who was arrested on suspicion of assisting an offender has been released under investigation while enquires continue. He was also an inmate at North Sea Camp, but never left the prison himself. He has now been returned to closed prison conditions while the investigation continues.

Update 4 June

Gary Butcher, 55, was charged late last night (3 June) with escape of lawful custody.

He remains remanded into custody and will appear at South Derbyshire Magistrates’ Court this morning before being returned to a closed condition prison.

Update 3 June

We are pleased to report that Gary Butcher, 55, has been arrested and is now in police custody.

He was arrested by an officer from Derbyshire Constabulary at 11.39am this morning (3 June) in the Swadlincote area of Derbyshire after approaching the officer to hand himself in. He remains in police custody.

Butcher absconded from HMP North Sea Camp in Boston on 31st May and is serving a life sentence for aggravated burglary.

A 56-year-old man was also arrested last night on suspicion of assisting an offender in connection with the abscondment and remains in police custody. He will be returned to closed prison conditions while the investigation continues.

Senior Investigating Officer, Detective Chief Inspector Rachael Cox said: “Following a round-the-clock investigation to bring Butcher into custody, I’m pleased to be able to say that we have now apprehended this man.

“At this stage, we don’t believe he’s committed further offences.

“Our appeal has had huge support from the public, and we’re very grateful for that, and would like to say thank you to everyone who shared our appeal or provided information. This was very much a collaborative effort with our officers and staff working tirelessly with neighbouring forces and partner agencies to apprehend Butcher.”