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Convicted rapist surrenders after courtroom flight; he leapt from dock and injured security officer.

A CONVICTED rapist who has been on the run after escaping from court has handed himself in.

Bradley Tout jumped from the dock and ran out of Worcester Crown Court last Wednesday moments after jurors found him guilty of attacking a teenage girl in December 2016.

West Mercia Police have confirmed that Tout, 20, of Durham Road, Worcester, has now handed himself into police.

Those in court said Tout jumped over the 4ft-high dock, ran out of the courtroom and through a metal detector.

A court security officer suffered suspected broken ribs and bruising after an altercation with Tout in the street.

He has since been discharged from hospital.

At a sentencing hearing following his escape, Tout was jailed for sevenand-a-half years.

Police had issued numerous pleas to Tout to give himself in while he remained at large.

His co-defendant Kulin Odedra, 28, from Canterbury Road, Worcester, was jailed for 11-and-a-half years for three counts of rape and one count of attempted rape.

The court was told the attacks happened in Tout's car after he parked behind a skip in County Hall in December 2016.

Last week, the Ministry of Justice said they had launched an investigation into how he had escaped from the court.

The MoJ said in a statement: "Public protection is our priority and incidents like this are extremely rare.

"All are taken seriously and a full investigation is under way."

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