A prisoner who stabbed a man to death after escaping jail has absconded again while on day release.
Arnold Pickering, 44, failed to return to HMP Kennet in Maghull, Merseyside, after leaving the Category C jail at about 9.30am yesterday.
It s believed he and another prisoner could be in the Stockport area. In 1990 he stabbed a man to death in Oldham while he was on the run from Strangeways prison in Manchester.
He was jailed for a minimum of 18 years for that crime.
And in 2009 Pickering also absconded from HMP Kirkham while on a day release program that allowed him to work on the bins in Manchester city centre.
Another inmate, Thomas Moffet, 51 – serving an indeterminate sentence for several robberies – also failed to return.
A Merseyside Police spokesman said: ‘Both prisoners were due back at around 4.30pm yesterday but failed to return and this was reported to Merseyside Police at around 7pm.
‘Since then, officers have been carrying out extensive inquiries and working with partner agencies and other forces to locate them and return them to prison.
‘It’s believed both men may be in the Southport area.’
Police say the fugitives are not dangerous but authorities have advised members of the public not to approach them.
Pickering is described as about 5ft 11in, of medium build and with blue eyes. He has tattoos on his arms and chest.
Moffett is about 5ft 10in, also of a medium build and with brown eyes. He has a scar on his right knee and tattoos of swastikas on his arms.
Police are appealing to anyone with any information on either of the prisoners’ whereabouts to call Merseyside Police on either 0151 777 3803 or 0151 777 3891, or via 101.
18 May 2014 | 7:41 pm – Source: metro.co.uk