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Manhunt launched after convict escapes from Devon prison in getaway car

Convicted burglar Miley Connors escaped from HMP Channings Wood in Devon in a getaway car. Credit: Devon and Cornwall Police

A manhunt has been launched after a convicted burglar managed to flee a Devon prison in a getaway car.

Miley Connors escaped from HMP Channings Wood, near Newton Abbot, on Monday (April 8) morning.

The 24-year-old, who managed to flee in a car that was waiting for him outside the prison, is part-way through an eight year sentence.

Officers from Devon and Cornwall Police have urged members of the public to not approach Connors if they see him.

Police are seeking the public’s help to locate a 24-year-old man who is wanted after escaping from HMP Channings Wood, Newton Abbot.

Miley Connors is reported to have fled from the prison this morning [8 April] at around 8.50am. Connors is currently serving an eight year sentence for burglary.

Anyone who sees Connors is asked not to approach him and to call 999 immediately.

– Devon and Cornwall Police

Connors was last seen wearing a grey sweatshirt and blue jeans or trousers.

HMP Channings Wood in Newton Abbot. Credit: PA

He is described as a white male, around 5ft 10ins tall and has an Irish accent.

The getaway car used by Connors has since been located and recovered by police.

We would like to thank the local public who assisted prison staff in gaining valuable details of the car quickly and those assisting Mr Connors.

– Devon and Cornwall Police

Why was Connors in prison?

Connors was jailed in November 2018 after admitting conspiracy to commit burglary.

The 24-year-old burgled 18 homes - stealing more than £76,000 worth of jewellery in the process - across Bracknell, Wokingham, Reading and Hampshire.

The judge described his offending as being on "an industrial scale".

Anyone who sees Connors or knows of his whereabouts is asked not to approach him and to contact police immediately on 999 quoting log 173 of Monday 8 April.