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Killer of Wakefield pensioner on the run from jail

Police picture of Paul Maxwell

Police picture of Paul Maxwell

THE convicted killer of a West Yorkshire pensioner is on the run after absconding while on day release from jail.

Paul Maxwell, 49, disappeared while visiting Rochdale town centre on Friday with prison staff.

He was sentenced to life imprisonment in 1996 for the murder and robbery of 85-year-old Joe Smales in Wakefield.

Inspector Niall Pawson of Greater Manchester Police said: “While we do not believe Paul Maxwell presents a significant threat to the public, he is unlawfully at large and he needs to be returned to prison.

“I would ask anyone with information about where he currently is, has been or could be heading to contact us in confidence.”

He is described as white, about 5ft 7in tall, of medium build with short brown hair and blue eyes. He wears glasses and was last seen wearing blue jeans, a grey fleece top and white training shoes.

He has links to Rochdale and Tameside.

Anyone with information is asked to call police on 101 or 0161 856 4473 or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.

 

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