Prison escape murderer is arrested

Convicted murderer John Massey has been arrested after escaping from prison

Convicted murderer John Massey has been arrested after escaping from prison

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A convicted murderer who was on the run for 48 hours has been arrested.

John Massey, 64, used a makeshift rope, thought to be made from bed sheets, to escape over a wall from Pentonville prison in north London on Wednesday evening.

Scotland Yard said he was arrested at about 5.15pm on Thursday in Faversham, Kent.

Massey was sentenced to life imprisonment for shooting a man dead with a sawn-off shotgun at a pub in Hackney, east London, in 1975. The escape was the third time he has given guards the slip.

One of Britain's longest-serving prisoners, he made off from the Islington jail at about 6.30pm on Wednesday.

Although Pentonville is a category B prison, the category C prisoner was held there. Category C prisoners are described as those "who are not trusted in closed conditions, but unlikely to escape".

A Scotland Yard spokesman said: "John Massey has this afternoon, Friday June 29, been arrested by detectives from the Metropolitan Police Service specialist crime and operations command. He has been taken into custody at a north London police station."

He was found following an intelligence-led operation, the spokesman said.

A second male was arrested on suspicion of aiding and abetting an absconder and was also taken into police custody. The Prison Service is investigating how Massey managed to elude staff.

A Prison Service spokesman said: "This continues to be the subject of a thorough ongoing investigation and Mr Massey will be returned to prison custody as soon as possible. We always press for the heaviest penalties for those who escape or attempt to escape."

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