Manhunt as killer makes second prison escape – police warn ‘do not approach’

A manhunt has been launched to find a convicted killer who has escaped from jail for the second time in four years.

Shane Farrington, 39, was last seen at HMP Thorn Cross, an open prison in Warrington, Cheshire at around 6.45pm last night and has since gone on the run.

He was last seen wearing a dark top with white writing on the front, blue jeans, black shoes and a dark coat with a dark rucksack, police say.

Authorities claim he has known ties to the Peterborough area.

Farrington was convicted of brutally attacking and murdering a fellow inmate in his cell at HMP Peterborough in September 2008.

In 2018, he broke out of prison after giving officers the slip while being treated for a head injury at a Norfolk hospital.

But despite his injuries, the 39-year-old ran through car parks, a farmer’s field and Norwich City’s training ground before he was caught by police around two hours later.

Cheshire Police have now warned the public not to approach the dangerous thug and urged anyone with information as to his whereabouts to contact them.

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Superintendent Mike Evans said: "We currently have numerous officers carrying out a variety of searches to locate Farrington.

"While our enquiries are ongoing we’re urging anyone who sees Farrington to not approach him but to instead call Cheshire Constabulary immediately on 999 quoting IML 1230000.

"Officers will be maintaining a presence around the prison and in the local area to provide reassurance to the community. If you have any concerns please do speak to one of them."

Information can also be passed on anonymously by calling Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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