Two prisoners are “still at large” after jumping over the fence at HMP Sudbury in Derbyshire, police said.
Sam Hawkins and Darren McKay were seen on CCTV at 10:15 p.m. on Monday (October 11) escaping from the Category D open prison, Derbyshire Police said.
They were later spotted on the A515 towards Ashbourne with one of them carrying two backpacks and the other carrying a backpack and a towel around his neck.
McKay, 37, who has ties to Luton and the Harpenden area of Hertfordshire, was convicted of burglary and driving offenses in St Alban’s Crown Court in 2020.
Police described him as six feet tall, blue eyes, brown hair, and stocky build with tattoos on his arms.
Hawkins, 34, who has ties to Bexleyheath, Plumstead and Thamesmead in London, was convicted of burglary, theft and traffic offenses in Snaresbrook Crown Court in 2019.
He is about 1.70 m tall, of medium height, and has brown hair and brown eyes.
The police have advised the population not to go near them.
This year at least a dozen men have fled the HMP Sudbury, which houses around 600 men – most of whom are at the end of their sentences.
More than 1,500 men have fled prison since 1996, according to a report by the Derbyshire Telegraph.
At the height of their escape from prison, an inmate escaped every five days, the newspaper said.
In the 2018 report, Derbyshire Police Chief Peter Goodman said prisoners typically flee “for many different reasons”.
He added, “But usually it’s more of some kind of family crisis or relationship problem than an attempt to escape prison and justice.”
Anyone with information on the current whereabouts of Hawkins and McKay is asked to contact the Derbyshire Police using one of the following methods, including reference number 1278-111021.