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Killer absconds from open prison
Gary Smith
Smith was jailed for 10 years for manslaughter
A 41-year-old prisoner who was convicted of manslaughter in 2002 has absconded from an open prison in Derbyshire.

Gary Smith, from Liverpool, failed to return from temporary release from Sudbury Open Prison on Sunday.

His escape comes four days after a row erupted over the release of photos of two murderers who are also on the run from Sudbury.

Police had initially refused to release photographs of the two men.

They have released a photo of Smith.

Liverpool accent

Derbyshire Police said Smith was sentenced at Chester Crown Court in December 2002 to 10 years in jail for manslaughter.

He is described as white, 5ft 9in tall, of slim build with short brown hair, blue eyes and has a Liverpool accent.

Greater Manchester Police eventually issued the images of murderers Jason Croft and Michael Nixon, who are thought to have fled to Manchester after disappearing from Sudbury more than two months ago.

They were jailed for life in 1996 for two separate murders.

Croft, 28, also known as Jason Fox, has been missing since 31 October while Nixon, also 28, has not been seen since he failed to appear at roll call on 2 November.

More than 660 inmates have gone missing from Sudbury in the past 10 years.

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