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Police Warn Public After Convicted Killer Escapes From Prison

Police Warn Public After Convicted Killer Escapes From Prison

Shane Farrington was last seen at HMP Thorn Cross in Cheshire yesterday evening

Tom Wood

Tom Wood

Police have issued a warning to the public after a convicted killer escaped from prison for a second time.

Members of the public have been told in no uncertain terms not to approach 39-year-old Shane Farrington, who was last spotted at HMP Thorn Cross in Appleton in Cheshire at 6:45pm on Thursday 24 March.

A manhunt has been launched by Cheshire Police and they've asked for anyone with any information that could lead to Farrington's recapture to come forward.

Farrington was convicted of manslaughter in 2009 after he attacked and killed another prisoner in his cell at HMP Peterborough on 11 September 2008.

Shane Farrington.
Cheshire Police

This isn't even the first time that he's done a runner from prison officers.

Farrington managed to get away from guards while he was being treated for a head injury at a hospital in Norfolk back in 2018.

Then, he managed to give the officers the slip before running through car parks, a farmer's field, and across the training ground of Norwich City Football Club before the coppers eventually managed to collar him again a couple of hours later.

Farrington was last seen wearing a dark top bearing some writing on the front, as well as blue jeans, black shoes, and a dark coat.

According to the police, he was also carrying a black backpack.

The criminal is known to have connections in the Peterborough area, and police are carrying out operations to locate him in that area.

Warrington Police tweeted: "We're appealing for information on the whereabouts of Shane Farrington who has absconded from HMP Thorn Cross.

"If you see him or have info that could assist in locating him please do not approach him and instead call 999 quoting IML 1230000."

Farrington was last seen at HMP Thorn Cross.
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Superintendent Mike Evans said: "We currently have numerous officers carrying out a variety of searches to locate Farrington.

"While our enquiries are ongoing we're urging anyone who sees Farrington to not approach him but to instead call Cheshire Constabulary immediately on 999 quoting IML 1230000.

"Officers will be maintaining a presence around the prison and in the local area to provide reassurance to the community.

"If you have any concerns, please do speak to one of them."

If you have information that you wish to be passed on in an anonymous fashion, you can do so by calling Crimestoppers in confidence on 0800 555 111.

Remember, the official advice is not to approach him, just call 999.

Featured Image Credit: Alamy/Cheshire Police

Topics: UK News, crime