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Saturday, 15 December, 2001, 16:28 GMT
Escaped prisoner found
William Todd
The public were warned not to approach William Todd
A convicted killer who escaped from jail using a home-made grappling hook and rope has been recaptured.

William Todd, 37, went on the run after sawing through the bars of his ground-floor cell window and scaling a 30-feet wall at Winchester Prison in Hampshire on Monday.

Police started a massive hunt for Todd, describing him as dangerous.

He was recaptured in the early hours of Saturday morning near Reading.

Sniffer dogs

Berkshire Police said Todd was arrested when a car he was travelling in was stopped in Woodley.

He gave a false name but was recognised and detained without incident.

Three other men who were in the car were arrested on suspicion of aiding an offender.

All are in custody in police stations in the Thames Valley area while arrangements are made to return Todd to prison.

Todd is serving two life sentences for attempting to murder his former business associate Arthur de Sousa, and shooting dead de Sousa's bodyguard, Alex Griffin.

He had been convicted at Reading Crown Court in September for the shootings in Pangbourne, Berkshire, in which Mr de Sousa, 33, was shot five times.

Spotter planes and sniffer dogs were used in the hunt for Todd.

The circumstances of the escape are being investigated.


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