A police manhunt has been launched after the convicted murderer of a disabled man escaped from a hospital.I think that the correct word there was 'was'. He was serving a minimum 17-year term at Frankland Prison. He is no longer serving it, because he has escaped.
Lee Nevins, 24, gave prison guards the slip while being treated at Sunderland Royal Hospital on Tuesday.
He is serving a minimum 17-year term at a top-security Frankland Prison, in Durham for killing Lee Jobling, 20.
Supt Gordon Milward said Nevins was taken to hospital with a hand injury and escaped after asking to go to the toilet.
He added: "I am still looking at, as part of the inquiry, the exact security measures that were in place by the Prison Service.
"My understanding is that he had a pair of handcuffs on, keeping his wrists secured and he was also secured to a guard."
Unless he's taken the guard with him, he clearly isn't secured to him anymore. Obviously I'm not an ace detective like the superintendent, but I might hazard a guess that Nevins becoming detached from the guard is not unconnected with his ultimate disappearance. Well done, that guard!
Mind you, the police aren't all that much better themselves:
A paedophile named on a list of the UK's "most wanted" was arrested but later released after police failed to recognise him.Well, as long as you're really sorry. Don't let it happen again, though...
An inquiry is under way after South Yorkshire Police officers only realised who Joshua Karney was after he was fined for being drunk and released.
Karney, 30, is one of five of the UK's most wanted sex offenders after going missing from Lancashire in 2005.[...]
The hunt for Karney has appeared on BBC One's Crimewatch and he is on the Child Exploitation and Online Protection "most wanted" list.
When he was arrested for being drunk and disorderly in Barnsley on 24 November he gave false details and was given a fixed penalty notice.
Karney was released and it was only later that officers checked his fingerprints and realised he was wanted.
A spokesman for South Yorkshire Police said: "We regret greatly that Joshua Karney was released from custody after he gave false details."
Update: Karney was caught in Hove at about six this evening. So it's just the two murderers we have to worry about now...