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Sex offender escaped jail by scaling wall like Spider-man, police said

Gintautas Urbonas, 52, was caught two days later and has been sentenced for escaping lawful custody.


Gintautas Urbonas (Cambs Police/PA)

Gintautas Urbonas (Cambs Police/PA)

Gintautas Urbonas (Cambs Police/PA)

A convicted sex offender was caught on CCTV footage escaping from jail by scaling a prison wall “like Spider-man” in a feat which took him just 26 seconds, police said.

Gintautas Urbonas, 52, fled HMP Peterborough by running ahead of a group being escorted from the gym and climbing the prison wall.

CCTV footage showed him start to scale the prison wall “like Spider-man”, Cambridgeshire Police said.

He climbed a closed gated door up a pipe and onto a light, then went over razor wire onto a satellite dish which had pigeon spikes on it, and then onto the roof of the prison – taking him just 26 seconds.

He then went along the roof, down onto a lower wall and dropped to the ground before running off through the staff car park.

The prisoner, who was less than a year into a 12-year sentence for the attempted rape of a child and child abduction, was captured two days later following an anonymous call to police stating he was in a house in Peterborough.

When he was arrested, Urbonas told officers it was him who had contacted them.

He admitted at Cambridge Crown Court on Tuesday to escaping lawful custody and had 16 months added to his current sentence.

He had escaped at around 6pm on January 26.

Detective Constable Rob Sansom said: “The pressure that was applied through the manhunt for Urbonas left him no choice but to hand himself in.

“I would like to thank members of the public who got behind our appeal to locate Urbonas – the widespread coverage of his manhunt ensured it was not long before he was back behind bars.”