Police hunt convicted killer after day release escape

Police have urged the public not to approach a convicted killer who escaped while on day release in Rochdale town centre. Paul Maxwell, 49, is described as white, about 5ft 7in tall, of medium build with short brown hair and blue eyes.

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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

Convicted killer still on the run after day release escape

A convicted killer is still 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. This morning police said he has still not been located.

Paul Maxwell, 49, escaped yesterday while on day release in Rochdale town centre. Credit: Greater Manchester Police.

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Police warn public not to approach escaped killer

Police have urged the public not to approach a convicted killer who escaped while on day release.

Detective Superintendent Jon Chadwick said although Greater Manchester Police has "no specific intelligence" to say Paul Maxwell is a threat to the public he could "become desperate" if he runs out of money

I would urge people to be on their guard and if you see this man, please do not approach him but call police immediately.

While we have no specific intelligence to say Maxwell is a threat to the public, he was convicted of the murder of a 85-year-old man and a robbery - so if he does run out of money and becomes desperate, he may seek to commit further criminal acts.

For that reason, it is important we warn people that Maxwell is still at large and ask that people are particularly vigilant at this time, particularly if you are or know an elderly person.

– Detective Superintendent Jon Chadwick, Greater Manchester Police

Police hunt convicted killer after day release escape

Greater Manchester Police have appealed for the public's help after a convicted murderer escaped while on day release.

Paul Maxwell, 49, absconded yesterday while with prison staff in Rochdale town centre.

Paul Maxwell, 49, escaped yesterday while on day release in Rochdale town centre.
Paul Maxwell, 49, escaped yesterday while on day release in Rochdale town centre. Credit: Greater Manchester Police

Police describe Maxwell as white, about 5ft 7in tall, of medium build with short brown hair and blue eyes.

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