Killer on the loose as trio abscond from prison with public urged to be vigilant


A killer is on the loose after a trio of inmates absconded from prison.

Police officers in Derbyshire have issued an urgent appeal for information about the three men and are warning members of the public to stay away from them.

Killer Lewis Daniel Thornton left HMP Sudbury alongside Daniel Gerald Ferris and Rory Allen on Saturday.

HMP Sudbury is a Category D jail, meaning inmates there are considered a low security risk.

Derbyshire Police has released pictures of all three men and a description of each of them.

The first of the absconders is Lewis Daniel Thornton, 29, who was convicted of manslaughter at Wolverhampton Crown Court in 2016.

He is white, 6ft 2in tall and has blue eyes, brown hair and is of thin build.

On his right wrist, Thornton has a ‘RIP Cobra’ tattoo, with ‘Angel’ tattooed on his left arm.

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

Daniel Gerald Ferris is another of the absconders.

The 30-year-old was convicted at Birmingham Crown Court of robbery in 2018.

Ferris is white, with blue eyes, brown hair and is of medium build.

Ferris has links to the Birmingham area and the public should not approach him.

The final absconder is Rory Allen, who has been described as black, 6ft 2in tall, with brown eyes, black hair, a black moustache and of thin build.

The 33-year-old was convicted of being concerned in the supply of cocaine and heroin at Worcester Crown Court in 2018.

Allen has ‘Tug’ tattooed on his right arm and has links to the Birmingham, Walsall and Wolverhampton areas. He should not be approached by members of the public.

Anyone who sees, or knows where any of the men are, is asked to call Derbyshire police immediately on 101, quoting reference 906 of December 5.

People can also contact Crimestoppers, which is an anonymous service on 0800 555 111.

According to the Ministry of Justice, Category D prisons have minimal security.

The Gov.UK website states: “These prisons have minimal security and allow eligible prisoners to spend most of their day away from the prison on licence to carry out work, education or for other resettlement purposes. Open prisons only house prisoners that have been risk-assessed and deemed suitable for open conditions.”