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22 killers at large despite recall

More than 20 killers remain at large despite being recalled to prison, the Ministry of Justice has said.

Eighteen murderers and four killers convicted of manslaughter are among almost 1,000 prisoners who have had their licences revoked and been recalled to prison, but have not returned.

A total of 12 rapists or attempted rapists are among more than 30 sex offenders who remain at large, the figures showed.

Some have been on the run since the 1980s, while others were recalled in March this year.

Prisoners serving sentences of at least 12 months are released, in most cases automatically, at the halfway point of their sentence under licensed supervision to the Probation Service.

A Ministry of Justice (MoJ) spokesman said: "The Government is committed to public protection and will do everything necessary in order to ensure this happens. Over the last 10 years, in over 99% of cases where an offender has been recalled, the individual has successfully been returned to custody."

A total of 106,969 offenders in England and Wales had their licences revoked and were recalled to prison between April 1999 and March this year because they either returned to crime or breached the conditions of their licence, the MoJ figures showed.

In all, 914 had not been returned to custody by July 13, including some who were recalled before April 1999.

Of these, 145 were convicted of violent offences against the person while a further 32 were sex offenders. The others included 112 burglars and 106 robbers.

Most of these offenders (379) were being managed by the local criminal justice board in London, while 91 were in the West Midlands, 39 in Greater Manchester and 30 in Merseyside.

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