Fears as killer on the loose after 3 lags escape from prison – as cops warn public not to approach them

A TATTOOED killer is on the loose after three criminals escaped from a low-security prison.

Lewis Daniel Thornton – who was convicted of manslaughter four years ago – fled HMP Sudbury in Derbyshire on Saturday alongside Daniel Gerald Ferris and Rory Allen.

It is not clear how the man managed to abscond the open prison.

A police spokesman described how the "trio of criminals" should not be approached in any circumstances.

Thornton, 29, was convicted at Wolverhampton Crown Court in 2016 after pleading guilty to manslaughter and robbery.

He punched his 54-year-old victim to the head while stealing his mobile phone, causing him to fall.

His victim walked back to his flat, but later died of head injuries suffered in the attack.

Police described Thornton as white, 6ft 2in tall and of thin build with blue eyes and brown hair.

On his right wrist, he has a "RIP Cobra" tattoo and "Angel" tattooed on his left arm.


Thornton has links to the Wolverhampton and Walsall areas and the public should not approach him, cops said.

Daniel Gerald Ferris, 30, was convicted at Birmingham Crown Court of robbery in 2018.

Police say he is white and of medium build with blue eyes and brown hair. Ferris has links to the Birmingham area, cops said.

Rory Allen, 33, was convicted of being concerned in the supply of cocaine and heroin at Worcester Crown Court in 2018.

Police say he is black, 6ft 2in tall and of thin build. He has brown eyes, black hair and a black moustache.

Allen, who has "Tug" tattooed on his right arm, has links to the Birmingham, Walsall and Wolverhampton areas.

HMP Sudbury is described by the government as a rehabilitation and resettlement prison where inmates can learn new skills to help them on release.

Residents are required to work, attend education classes or training courses.

Anyone who sees, or knows where any of the trio is, is asked to contact Derbyshire police immediately quoting reference 906 of 5 December either on social media, via their website or by calling 101.

You can also call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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