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Prisoners escape from Kirkham prison in Lancashire

Gareth Robinson, 23, was convicted of burglary. Credit: Greater Manchester Police

Two men are wanted by police after absconding from prison in Lancashire.

Philip Stephenson, 33, and Gareth Robinson, 23, escaped together from HMP Kirkham in Blackpool yesterday and it is believed they may both be somewhere in the Greater Manchester or Oldham areas.

Philip Stephenson, 33, was jailed for firearms offences. Credit: Greater Manchester Police

It is also thought they got into a silver Volkswagen Golf as they escaped from the prison and headed towards Oldham.

Both are originally of the Oldham area. Stephenson was serving a sentence for firearms offences and Robinson for burglary.

Detective Chief Inspector John Mazzolai said: "Neither of these men has been seen since they escaped from prison on Saturday.

"They are not to be approached by members of the public, but if anyone sees them or knows of their whereabouts, please contact us.

"I would also like to remind people that if anyone is found to be assisting or harbouring these wanted men, they too will face being arrested and a possible prison sentence of their own. So please get in touch if you know where they are."

Anyone with information should call police on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.


Public warned not to approach murderer on the run

Police are warning members of the public to be on their guard after a convicted murderer went on the run from prison in Lancashire.

44 year old Brian Lynch disappeared on Thursday afternoon during a day release visit to Preston.

He was serving a life sentence at Kirkham Prison.

Lynch was convicted of killing Chi Yeung Yip in Manchester in 1988.

Police investigate two possible sightings of escapee

Police hunt convicted murderer Brian Lynch Credit: Lancashire Police

Police hunting a convicted murderer who's gone on the run from Kirkham Prison in Lancashire are investigating two potential sightings. 44 year old Brian Lynch disappeared yesterday afternoon in Preston. Officers are looking into possible sightings at the bus station and in Penwortham.

Murder convict on the run

Police are appealing for information about a prisoner at Kirkham who's absconded whilst out on day release.

Brian Lynch, 44, hasn't been seen heading to Preston City Centre at around 3pm yesterday.

“We do not believe that Lynch is a risk to the public but we are nevertheless very keen to trace him and return him to prison to serve the remainder of his sentence. “Although he could still be in Lancashire, there is a possibility he may travelled back to the Greater Manchester area and so we would ask the public to be vigilant and report any sightings to the police - any details the public may have could be crucial.”

– Detective Inspector Jon Clegg

Lynch was sentenced at Manchester Crown Court in 1988 to life in prison for the murder of 21 year old Chi Keung Yip in Clayton Vale in March 1988 and was moved to serve the remainder of his sentence at Kirkham in December 2012.

He is described as five feet tall, of stocky build, with blue eyes, short, cropped ginger hair and is unshaven. He was wearing black trousers, a black jacket and dirty grey suede and leather trainers.


Violent robber goes on run from Lancashire prison

Barry Taun was convicted of a robbery in 2007 Credit: GMP

A convicted robber has gone on the run from a prison in Lancashire.

Barry Taun, 32, was serving an indeterminate sentence after committing robbery in 2007 in Fallowfield, Greater Manchester.

He went missing from Kirkham prison, near Preston, on Sunday.

Police say he has links to Fallowfield, Withington and Stockport.

Officers say he is known to be violent and the public should not approach him.

Anyone with information about where he is should call police on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.