Two More Inmates Abscond From Open Prison, After Arnold Pickering And Thomas Moffett Arrested

Two inmates have absconded from an open prison, after a convicted murderer and robber did the same at the weekend and after the 'Skull Cracker' armed robber allegedly did so earlier this month.

Damien Burns, 39, originally from Scarborough, North Yorkshire, and Dean Jackson, 27, from Newcastle-upon-Tyne, absconded from the category D Hatfield Prison on Monday evening, South Yorkshire Police said.

Dean Jackson (above) and Damien Burns (below)

A force spokesman said: "Officers believe they may be attempting to make their way back to the areas they originate from as they do not have any known connections in the South Yorkshire region."

Burns was sentenced in 2007 and was serving an indeterminate sentence for a knifepoint robbery and Jackson was on remand awaiting a sentence for a theft-related matter, he said.

The incident comes a day after Arnold Pickering, murderer who stabbed a blind man to death was arrested after going on the run from prison.

He was arrested for being unlawfully at large at an address in Oldham.

The 44-year-old, who was jailed for life in 1991 for killing a man he wrongly thought to be a paedophile, failed to return to HMP Kennet in Merseyside after leaving the Category C jail on day release on Saturday.

Another inmate, swastika-tattooed Thomas Moffett, 51, who is serving an indeterminate sentence for a number of robberies, also failed to return from day release on Saturday but was arrested on Monday night for being unlawfully at large.

These incidents came just two weeks after notorious armed robber Michael Wheatley - known as the Skull Cracker - allegedly absconded from Standford Hill open prison on the Isle of Sheppey, Kent, while on temporary release.

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