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Another inmate absconds from Stockton Hall Hospital

Nathan Martin

3:18pm 12th January 2012
(Updated 9:30am 13th January 2012)

Another prisoner has absonded from Stockton Hall Hospital near York.

24 year old Nathan Martin disappeared 4 weeks ago after a day of unescorted leave, North Yorkshire Police are only just releasing the details.

He has a personality disorder and was transferred to York from a secure hospital in Manchester following a violent incident in 2009.

Mark Waters lives in Osbaldwick, near to the hospital.

He's appalled that patients are allowed out in the first place:


PICTURED: Nathan Martin

Nathan Martin


Nathan Martin's disappearance comes after murderer Mark Rutter also went awol in October 2011 from the same hospital.

On that occasion a similar manhunt was launched by North Yorkshire Police.

Mark Rutter killed his mother and burnt her body back in 1997.

He too is serving time in Stockton Hall Psychiatric Hospital.

The 42 year old was later found in Blackpool.

Statement from North Yorkshire Police

North Yorkshire Police is appealing for the public’s help to trace a wanted man.

Nathan Martin, aged 24, is wanted as an absconder after failing to return to Stockton Hall Hospital in Stockton on the Forest, near York, following an unescorted day out on 14 December 2011.

Nathan, who has a personality disorder and was transferred to Stockton Hall from a secure hospital in Manchester following a violent incident in 2009, is not believed to be a danger to the public.

Officers have made extensive enquiries in London, Nottinghamshire, South Yorkshire and West Yorkshire in an effort to trace Nathan and are now appealing to the public to help with their search.

He is described as white, 5ft 6in tall, with a stocky build, dark brown cropped hair, blue eyes and a pale complexion.

When he was last seen, he was wearing a black t-shirt and a black hooded top – both bearing a Tapout logo, blue jeans and white Adidas trainers.

Anyone who knows where Nathan is or has seen anyone matching his description is urged to contact the police or Crimestoppers as soon as possible.

PC Mark Proctor, of York police, said:

“I am urging members of the public to keep their eye out for Nathan and let us know if they see him.

“Although we don’t believe he poses any danger, I would advise people not to approach him, but to call the police with any sightings.

“It is important that we locate Nathan and return him to Stockton Hall Hospital, therefore any assistance the public can offer us would be greatly appreciated.”

Anyone who can help the police with their enquiries or knows where Nathan might be, is urged to contact North Yorkshire Police on 101 – select option 2 – and ask for PC Mark Proctor.

Alternatively, Crimestoppers can be contacted anonymously on 0800 555 111, quoting reference number 12110210277.

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