Murderer escapes over prison wall

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Convicted murderer John Massey, 64, has escaped from HMP Pentonville in north London // Convicted murderer John Massey, 64, has escaped from HMP Pentonville in north London
Convicted murderer John Massey, 64, has escaped from HMP Pentonville in north London
A "potentially dangerous" murderer has gone on the run for the third time after escaping over the walls of Pentonville Prison using a makeshift rope.
John Massey, one of Britain's longest-serving prisoners, made off from the category B jail in Islington, north London, at around 6.30pm on Wednesday.
The 64-year-old used a makeshift rope to escape over a wall and was not spotted in time by prison officers, sources said.
The convicted killer was sentenced to life imprisonment for shooting a man dead with a sawn-off shotgun at a pub in Hackney, east London, in 1975.
An investigation into how he managed to elude staff is under way by the Prison Service.
Massey was initially released on parole in June 2007 after spending the last 18 months of his life sentence in an open prison in Derbyshire preparing for freedom, it is understood. Under his parole terms, he was ordered to live in a bail hostel in Streatham, south London, under a curfew.
After several months, he broke his curfew and spent a number of days living with his dying father. He was immediately recalled to prison but decategorised after two-and-a-half years before being sent to Ford open jail in West Sussex.
Massey reportedly walked out of the prison after hearing news that his sister was gravely ill. He was rearrested 10 months later and taken to Pentonville before his latest escape.
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