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Man jailed for Weston machete attack escapes from prison

PUBLISHED: 12:40 27 December 2017 | UPDATED: 13:49 28 December 2017

Dean Cotter.

Dean Cotter.

Lancashire Constabulary

A criminal – who once slashed a Weston pensioner’s leg with a machete after breaking into his victim’s house – is on the run having escaped from jail.

Dean Cotter absconded from prison five days ago, along with two other inmates.

They were being held at HMP Kirkham in Lancashire and a public appeal to find them has been issued.

Cotter was jailed for 13 years in June 2012 for being part of an armed gang which terrorised Peter Roycroft in Weston six months before.

MORE: Dean Cotter among gang sentenced for Weston machete raid.

Lancashire Constabulary say the 29-year-old has links with Chatham in Kent, as well as the West Country.

Cotter is about 6ft tall, white and has two distinctive tattoos. One says ‘Sarah’ and is on his neck and the other, on his right arm, says ‘midget’.

A police spokesman said: “Anyone with information is asked to call 101 quoting log LC-20171223-0065 or email westintelunit@lancashire.pnn.police.uk”

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