Escaped murderer arrested

Convicted murderer John Massey, who escaped from Pentonville prison on Wednesday was arrested this afternoon in Faversham, Kent, Scotland Yard said.

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Scotland Yard: Escaped prisoner has been arrested

A Scotland Yard spokesman said: "John Massey has this afternoon, Friday June 29, been arrested by detectives from the Metropolitan Police Service specialist crime and operations command.

"He has been taken into custody at a north London police station."

John Massey Credit: Metropolitan Police/PA Wire

He was found following an intelligence-led operation, the spokesman said.

A second man was arrested on suspicion of aiding and abetting an absconder and was also taken into police custody.

The Prison Service is investigating how Massey managed to elude staff.

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Escaped prisoner 'hid in gym' before using bedsheets as rope to escape

John Massey is understood to have hid in the prison's gym yesterday until he could sneak on to the roof and escape over the wall without being stopped.

It is thought his makeshift rope was made from bedsheets.

Pentonville was described by prison inspectors as one of Britain's most challenging jails to run last year, but the inspection also found "no obvious problems with physical security".

Murderer escapes over prison wall 'using makeshift rope'

HMP Pentonville in North London, where convicted murderer John Massey, 64, has escaped from. Credit: PA Wire

A "potentially dangerous" murderer has gone on the run for the third time after escaping over the walls of Pentonville Prison using a makeshift rope.

John Massey, one of Britain's longest-serving prisoners, made off from the category B jail in Islington, north London, at around 6.30pm yesterday.

The 64-year-old used a makeshift rope to escape over a wall and was not spotted in time by prison officers, sources said.

Prisoner previously escaped to 'care for dying father'

According to The Guardian, John Massey was released on parole in 2007 and was ordered to live in a hostel in Streatham, south London.

However he left the hostel to live with his dying father.

He was sent back to prison for breaking his parole terms and was sent back to an open jail in West Sussex.

He then escaped from this open jail after hearing his sister was gravely ill. He was rearrested 10 months later and taken to Pentonville.

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Public urged not to approach escaped prisoner

Police have urged the public not to approach 64-year-old John Massey, a convicted murderer who escaped from Pentonville prison earlier this evening.

Massey was sentenced to life imprisonment for the murder of a man at a pub in Hackney, East London in 1975.

Police said:

Police are appealing for help in tracing a convicted murderer who has escaped from HMP Pentonville.

He is considered potentially dangerous and should not be approached by the public if he is seen."

Convicted murderer escapes from Pentonville prison

John Massey made off from Islington prison last night at around 6:30pm Credit: Met Police

Police are appealing for help in tracing a convicted murderer who has escaped from HMP Pentonville.

John Massey made off from the Islington prison at around 18.30 this evening.

He was sentenced to life imprisonment for the murder of a man at a Hackney pub in September 1975.

He is considered potentially dangerous and police have urged the public not to approach him, but to call Islington Police on 0207 421 0296 if they have any information on his whereabouts.

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