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Police appeal to find prisoners on the run

PUBLISHED: 10:53 18 June 2009 | UPDATED: 16:50 25 August 2010

Thomas Maloney

Thomas Maloney

THE hunt is on for two convicted murderers and a drug dealer who escaped from an open block prison. Terry Lowe, 24, from Plumstead, was first noticed missing during a roll call along with two other offenders at Hewell Prison, near Redditch, on Sunday,

Nicholas Cole

THE hunt is on for two convicted murderers and a drug dealer who escaped from an "open block" prison.

Terry Lowe, 24, from Plumstead, was first noticed missing during a roll call along with two other offenders at Hewell Prison, near Redditch, on Sunday, June 7.

Lowe was given a 10-year sentence in September 2001 for murdering a man in Plumstead in November 2000.

He is white, 5ft 9ins, of medium build with short, dark brown hair.

Terry Lowe

Another is Nicolas Cole, aged 32, from Coventry, who was serving life for the murder and manslaughter of two men in a Coventry nightclub in October, 1995. He was convicted in January 1997. Cole is white, 5ft 8ins, slim with short, dark brown hair.

The third absconder is Thomas Maloney, aged 33, from Coventry, who was serving eight years after being convicted in November 2006 of conspiracy and possession of cocaine with intent to supply. He is white, 6ft tall, with short, dark brown hair.

West Mercia Police have issued an appeal for help in tracing the men, but warned the public not to approach the offenders.

Detective Chief Inspector Steve Eccleston of West Mercia Police said: "The Prison Service and officers from The Metropolitan and West Midlands police forces have all been involved to ensure that all possible lines of inquiry are followed up and that the victims' families and other relevant parties are aware of the situation.

"Border authorities have been put on alert in case any of these men should attempt to leave the country.

"We believe someone must know where these men are and we would urge anyone who thinks they have seen them or suspects they know someone who may be helping them to get in touch with us."

Anyone with information on the men's whereabouts should contact West Mercia Police on 0300 333 3000 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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