Police renew appeal for information on escaped prisoners

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A life sentence prisoner with Sudbury links and another prisoner are still being sought by police after escaping from Hollesley Bay prison on Sunday night.

Police were contacted by prison staff just before 8.40am on Monday reporting Paul Devereux, 42, and Jonathan Ewing, 44, had not been present for breakfast and were thought to have absconded.

ESCAPED: Paul Devereux

ESCAPED: Paul Devereux

Devereux – who has connections to the Sudbury area and serving a life sentence for robbery with an imitation firearm – is described as white, around 5ft 9in tall, of stocky build, with short brown hair, brown eyes and several tattoos, including a snake/dagger design on his forearm.

Ewing, who is serving an indeterminate sentence for wounding/GBH with intent, is described as white, 5ft 11in tall, of slight build, with balding brown hair and blue eyes, with a number of tattoos and facial piercings. He is known to have connections to the Colchester area.

Detective Inspector Caroline Millar said: “Although it is not considered that Devereux and Ewing pose a risk to the public, we would remind people not to approach them or take further action other than phone the police immediately.

“Both men are reliant on medication, which it appears they have not taken with them, therefore there is the risk of harm to themselves.

Jonathan Ewing

Jonathan Ewing

Det Insp Millar said police were following up several sources of information and added that both men were quite distinctive looking.

“Although it would appear that they absconded at the same time, it is not clear at this stage whether they would have stayed together, or gone their separate ways,” she said.

“We would urge people to call us straight away if they see either of the two men, or have any information as to their whereabouts.”

Anyone with information should call their nearest police station on 101.