Two inmates on the run after jumping prison fence

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Police said two prisoners are “still at large” after jumping over the fence of HMP Sudbury in Derbyshire.

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Sam Hawkins and Darren McKay were seen on CCTV escaping from the open Category D prison at 10.15 pm on Monday (October 11).

He was later spotted on the A515 towards Ashbourne. Derbyshire Police said one of them had two rucksacks and the other had a rucksack and a towel around his neck.


Mackay, 37, who hails from the Harpenden area of ​​Luton and Hertfordshire, was convicted in 2020 of theft and driving offenses at Crown Court in St Albans.

Police described him as about 6 feet 2 inches tall, has blue eyes, brown hair and stocky build with tattoos on his arms.

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Hawkins, 34, who has links to Bexleyheath, Plumstead and Thamesmead in London, was convicted in 2019 of burglary, theft and driving offenses at Snaresbrook Crown Court.

He is about 5 feet 7 inches tall, is of medium size, and has brown hair and brown eyes.

The police have advised people not to approach him.

This year, at least a dozen men have fled HMP Sudbury, with about 600 men – most of whom are at the end of their sentences.

According to a report, more than 1,500 men have escaped from prison since 1996. Derbyshire Telegraph.

According to the newspaper, at the height of his escape from prison, every five days a prisoner was on the run.

In a 2018 report, Derbyshire Police Chief Constable Peter Goodman said prisoners usually abscond for “many different reasons”.

He added: “But it’s usually some sort of family crisis or some sort of relationship difficulty, rather than an attempt to escape prison and evade justice.”

Anyone with any information about Hawkins and Mackay’s current whereabouts is asked to contact Derbyshire Police using any of the methods below, including reference 1278-111021.


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