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Killer On The Run After Three Inmates Escape From Prison

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Killer On The Run After Three Inmates Escape From Prison

A killer is on the run after three inmates escaped from prison.

Lewis Daniel Thornton managed to make it out of HMP Sudbury on 5 December, and police have warned the public not to approach him if they see him.

A spokesperson for Derbyshire Police said the 29-year-old was convicted of manslaughter back in 2016.

He pleaded guilty to manslaughter and robbery regarding an incident on 11 March 2014. Thornton attacked a 54-year-old man, punching him in the head and stealing his mobile phone.

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Despite making it back to his home to call the police, the man later died due to his head injuries.

Thornton was sentenced to 10 years in prison.

Police say Thornton has several distinctive tattoos. In a statement, the force said: "He is white, 6ft 2ins tall and has blue eyes, brown hair and is of thin build. On his right wrist, Thornton has a 'RIP Cobra' tattoo and 'Angel' tattooed on his left arm.

"Thornton has links to the Wolverhampton and Walsall areas and the public should not approach him."

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Killer Lewis Daniel Thornton escaped from prison along with two other inmates. Credit: Derbyshire Police
Killer Lewis Daniel Thornton escaped from prison along with two other inmates. Credit: Derbyshire Police

He escaped along with fellow prisoner Daniel Gerald Ferris, a 30-year-old who was convicted of robbery in 2018.

Ferris is described as 'white, with blue eyes, brown hair and is of medium build', and is said to have links to the Birmingham area.

Again, police have warned the public not to approach him if he is spotted.

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Daniel Gerald Ferris. Credit: Derbyshire Police
Daniel Gerald Ferris. Credit: Derbyshire Police

The third inmate is convicted drug dealer Rory Allen, who was sentenced to prison for the supply of heroin and cocaine in 2018.

According to the police, the 33-year-old has 'Tug' tattooed on his right arm, has links to the Birmingham, Walsall and Wolverhampton areas and should not be approached by members of the public.

Rory Allen. Credit: Derbyshire Police
Rory Allen. Credit: Derbyshire Police
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Derbyshire Police have urged anyone with any information about the three men to come forward and contact them quoting reference 906 of 5 December.

You can contact them via:

And you can also call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Featured Image Credit: Derbyshire Police

Topics: Police, crime, Prison

Dominic Smithers
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