ALERT: Convicted murderer flees open prison in Derbyshire

Darren Jackson
Darren Jackson

A convicted murderer has absconded from a Derbyshire open prison.

Police said Darren Jackson left HMP Sudbury on Tuesday morning.


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The Manchester Evening News reports Jackson took the life of a mum-of-three in 1984.

Gill Ellis, 29, from Burnley, was murdered by Jackson, then a teenager, as she made her way home from a Christmas party.

In 1986, Manchester Crown Court heard muggers had attacked Gill, stole her handbag and left her unconscious at a recreation ground.

Jackson then discovered her but instead of helping he stamped on her stomach and tore a main blood vessel to her heart, killing her.

In 1997, he escaped from HMP Ranby in Nottinghamshire and went on the run for three days before giving himself up after he was spotted.

He was released in 2007 - after serving 21 years of his sentence - but was later recalled to HMP Sudbury .

Jackson is described white, 6ft 4in tall and slim. He has short cropped grey hair and a tribal tattoo on his wrist.

Anyone with information about his whereabouts should call police urgently on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.