Convicted killer goes on the run during day release

A convicted killer is on the run after absconding while on day release from jail. Paul Maxwell, 49, disappeared while visiting Rochdale town centre on Friday with prison staff.

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Police warn public not to approach killer

Police are warning people not to approach a convicted killer who is on the run.

Paul Maxwell absconded in Rochdale while on day release from jail.

He was sentenced to life in 1996 for the murder of an 85 year old man.

"It has now been more than 24 hours since Maxwell has absconded and our inquiries to trace him are ongoing. We are pursuing a number of leads and we will continue to explore every possible avenue in finding him.

"Because Maxwell may have limited access to money, he may surface in the areas he is known to have links to so I would urge people to be on their guard and if you see this man, please do not approach him but call police immediately."

– Detective Superintendent Jon Chadwick

Prisoner escapes on day release

A convicted killer is on the run after absconding while on day release from jail.

Paul Maxwell, 49, disappeared while visiting Rochdale town centre on Friday with prison staff.

He was sentenced to life imprisonment in 1996 for the murder and robbery of 85-year-old Joe Smales in Wakefield, West Yorkshire.

He is described as white, about 5ft 7in tall, of medium build with short brown hair and blue eyes.

He has links to Rochdale and Tameside.

"While we do not believe Paul Maxwell presents a significant threat to the public, he is unlawfully at large and he needs to be returned to prison.

"I would ask anyone with information about where he currently is, has been or could be heading to contact us in confidence."

– Inspector Niall Pawson of Greater Manchester Police
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