Man still wanted by police after escape from custody in Banbury

A man remains wanted by police after he escaped custody last week at the Horton General Hospital in Banbury.

Monday, 19th April 2021, 7:10 pm
Updated Monday, 19th April 2021, 7:12 pm

Thames Valley Police continue to appeal for the public’s help to find a man who escaped from lawful custody in Banbury on Thursday April 15.

Lewis Abubakar, aged 29, had been arrested on suspicion of possession with intent to supply class A drugs in Bicester on Wednesday April 14 after a vehicle he was in was found to contain a significant amount of class A drugs.

Following Abubakar’s arrest, he stated he had a wrist injury and was taken to the Horton General Hospital in Banbury for treatment.

Abubaker fled from the A&E department of the hospital in the early morning hours of Thursday morning April 15.

As of today (Monday April 19) police were still looking for Abubakar.

A TVP spokesperson said: "We would urge anybody who thinks they know where he is, or sees him to either call 999 or for anonymity, Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111."

Abubakar is a black male and around 6 feet 3 inches tall with a medium build.

Lewis Abubakar, aged 29, is wanted by police after he escaped from custody in Banbury on Thursday April 15. (Image from Thames Valley Police)

He has short black hair and short, tidy beard.

He is known to frequent the Banbury, Bicester and Oxford areas as well as Birmingham in the West Midlands.

Investigating officer Sergeant Steve Willis, based at Banbury police station, said: “Abubakar fled from the hospital, still in handcuffs, in the early hours of Thursday.

“Although we do not believe Abubakar to be a danger to the public, we would urge that should you see him, do not approach him, but call 999 immediately.”