Two inmates escape from open prison in Lancashire

Two inmates have escaped from HMP Kirkham open prison in Lancashire, police have said.

Philip Stephenson, 33, who was serving a sentence for firearms offences and burglar Gareth Robinson, 24, are believed to have fled in a silver Volkswagen Golf to the Oldham area, where they are both from.

Detective Chief Inspector John Mazzolai, of Greater Manchester Police, 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 GMP on 101 immediately or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111."

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