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.

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Escaped murderer arrested

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