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Convicted murderer on run, Arnold Pickering, arrested

Convicted murderer Arnold Pickering, 44, who failed to return to prison after leaving on day release on Saturday has been arrested for being unlawfully at large, Merseyside Police said.

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Sadiq Khan criticises cuts after prisoners abscond

Overcrowding and slashed staffing levels in prisons are putting the public at risk, shadow justice secretary Sadiq Khan after police reported a convicted murderer had absconded from prison for the third time.

Arnold Pickering, 44, from Chadderton, Greater Manchester, failed to return to HMP Kennet in Maghull, Merseyside, after leaving the Category C jail on day release at about 9.30am yesterday.

Shadow Justice Secretary Sadiq Khan Credit: Roy Catherall/Press Association Images

Mr Khan said: "The top priority is for the authorities to catch these two men as quickly as possible. This further incident, coming only a matter of weeks after the Michael Wheatley fiasco, will cause the public huge concern.

"The government still haven't answered the big questions about whether public safety is being put at risk by letting the wrong prisoners out on temporary release".

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