Man wanted by police after escape from custody in Banbury

A man is wanted by police after he escaped custody at the Horton General Hospital yesterday, Thursday morning April 15.

Friday, 16th April 2021, 5:07 pm
Updated Friday, 16th April 2021, 5:26 pm

Thames Valley Police are asking for the public’s help to trace a man who absconded from lawful custody in Banbury.

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 yesterday, Thursday morning April 15.

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

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.

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

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.

"Despite efforts to locate him, we have, as yet, been unsuccessful, and as such, we are appealing to anybody who knows of his whereabouts to call police on 999, quoting reference number 43210158051.

“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.”