'Do not approach' warning issued as armed robber absconds from Welsh prison

Custody image of Josh Overall
-Credit: (Image: South Wales Police)


Police have urged the public not to approach a convicted robber who failed to return to prison. Gwent Police said Josh Overall, 32, failed to return to HMP Prescoed on Friday, May 24.

Overall was convicted of robbery at Swansea Crown Court in October 2021 when he threatened a 16-year-old boy with a carving knife. The teenager was the second person Overall had robbed in Swansea city centre in the space of just six days.

Members of the public are asked not to approach Overall but instead to contact police. He has links to the Swansea area and is described as around 6ft 2" tall with short dark hair.

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He has a tattoo on his right arm of a scroll and the word "grandad". For the latest court reports, sign up to our crime newsletter here.

After the knifepoint robbery in 2021 he was given a nine-year extended sentence as a dangerous offender, comprising six years in custody (two-thirds of which he had to serve before applying for parole) and a three-year extended licence period. Police say the prison is fully co-operating with them. Join our WhatsApp news community here for the latest breaking news

If you see Overall, call 101 quoting 2400170625. You can also get in contact by messaging Gwent Police on Twitter or Facebook. For Crimestoppers, call 0800 555 111 or visit www.crimestoppers-uk.org.