Manhunt is launched after convicted killer, 54, who strangled a woman with a belt went on the run from open prison in Gloucestershire
- Avon and Somerset Police warned the public to stay away and call 999
- Coates was last seen at Bristol bus station between 8.30-9.30am on Thursday
A convicted killer who strangled a woman with a belt is at the centre of a police hunt today after he absconded from an open prison.
Marcus Coates, 54, was serving a sentence for manslaughter at HMP Leyhill in Tortworth, Gloucestershire.
Coates, who killed Jennie Banner, 32, in August 2011 and left her body for five days, was last seen near Bristol's bus station on Thursday night.
He was convicted of manslaughter in 2012.
Following the court case, Detective Chief Inspector Jon Clayden described him as having a 'long history of violent offending', branding him a 'danger'.
During sentencing, Judge Philip Statman described Coates as 'dangerous', adding that he had shown no remorse - only self-pity
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