Shane Farrington: Public warned not to approach convicted killer who has escaped from prison

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Police have warned the public not to approach a convicted killer who has escaped from prison in Cheshire.

Shane Farrington was last seen at HMP Thorn Cross in Appleton, Warrington, at 6.45pm on Thursday 24 March.

The 39-year-old was convicted of manslaughter in 2009 for attacking and killing a prisoner in his cell at HMP Peterborough, according to reports.

Cheshire Police have said they are carrying out a number of searches to find Farrington, who is known to have links to the Peterborough area.

Farrington is the second inmate to have escaped from the Category D prison within two days.

Another inmate, Jonathan Simpson, was arrested after he absconded from the prison on Wednesday.

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

He was also carrying a dark rucksack, police said.

Cheshire Police 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.

"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."

Anyone who sees the escaped inmate should call Cheshire Constabulary immediately on 999 quoting IML 1230000. They can also call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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