Inmate still missing three months after fleeing Doncaster prison

Police are trying to locate John Charles Byrne who absconded from HMP Hatfield on August 2.

Police are trying to locate John Charles Byrne who absconded from HMP Hatfield on August 2.

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A missing prisoner has still not been traced by police - almost three months after he fled from a Doncaster jail.

police - almost three months after he fled from a Doncaster jail.

Despite ‘extensive enquiries’ a police spokesman confirmed officers have not been able to locate John Charles Byrne, who went missing from HMP Hatfield at around 8.15am on August 2.

Byrne, 38, had left the open prison on day release and was due to return by 6.30pm

that day.

Officers believe the 34-year-old is in the Merseyside area as he has connections to that part of the country.

Despite extensive enquiries, he has still not been located.

Byrne is described as being a white man, approximately 6ft tall of medium build. He has brown/green eyes with fair shaven hair.

He is currently serving a sentence for drugs and firearms offences.

Byrne is one of a series of nine prisoners who have absconded from HMP Hatfield.

Clinton Baldwin, 38, absconded from the prison on October 6.

A police spokesman confirmed he has now been arrested and returned to the prison, after being located in Northumbria. According to reports in a national newspaper, Baldwin crafted a papier maché head, which he stuck on a mop, used pillows for the body and covered it with his duvet - similar to the escape staged in prison film, Escape from Alcatraz.

The 38-year-old is then said to have slipped ‘through a sliding window, ran across a field and vaulted a fence’. Prison officers allegedly only realised that Baldwin, who was jailed in 2006 for robbery, had absconded from the open prison the following morning.

A ministry of justice spokesman said of the claims: “It is clear that open prisons and temporary licences are important tools in rehabilitating long-term offenders , but they will not be used at the expense of public safety.”

Anyone who sees John should call police on 101 quoting incident number 1001 of August 2, 2014.