Public told to be on red alert after murderer vanishes from police station

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A murderer who brutally killed his girlfriend vanished while on day release from prison, prompting an urgent police manhunt.

Jason Mills, 49, failed to return to HMP Leyhill in Gloucestershire yesterday (Wednesday, April 6), after he was given a temporary licence for the day by prison officials earlier that day.

The thug was last seen wearing a black Nike cap, black vest, blue coat, blue jeans and white Adidas trainers.

In 2001 he was thrown in jail for a drunken assault that killed his girlfriend Toni, who was just 24-years-old.

Mills was jailed for life in October 2001 but had been in the open prison in Gloucestershire when he absconded.

Mills, from Clacton, Essex, denied murder but was convicted after a trial.

It later emerged he had 99 previous convictions including theft, fraud and firearms offences.

Sex offender Paul Robson, 56, vanished from HMP North Sea Camp and spent four days on the run just six weeks ago.

A source told The Sun: "It raises major questions over open prisons once again."

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Police have urged the public not to approach Mills. An Avon and Somerset Police spokesperson said: “Can you help us find Jason Mills?

“Mills attended Bridewell Police Station in Bristol at 9.45am yesterday (Wednesday, April 6) but failed to return to HMP Leyhill as required.

“The 49-year-old was wearing a black Nike cap, black vest, blue coat, blue jeans and white Adidas trainers.

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“Mills was convicted of a domestic murder in 2001. He is known to have links to Essex, where the offence took place.

“If you see Mills, please don’t approach, call 999 quoting reference 5222081856, or ring 101 with any other information.”

In his 2001 trial, Mills said his girlfriend died after a fit. But evidence showed her injuries included internal and external bruising and damage to her abdomen which couldn’t have been caused by a single punch.

A Prison Service spokesperson said: “We are working with police to recapture the offender urgently.

“Prisoners held in open jails must abide by stringent conditions and we do not hesitate to move them back to tougher, closed prisons if they are found to have breached the rules.”

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