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Murderer Arnold Pickering on the run from jail a third time

By Kim Pilling

A convicted murderer has gone on the run from prison for the third time.

Arnold Pickering (44), from Chadderton, Greater Manchester, failed to return to HMP Kennet in Maghull, Merseyside, after leaving the Category C jail on day release at about 9.30am yesterday.

Pickering last absconded in December 2009 when he was let out on day release from HMP Kirkham. He was one of eight prisoners taking part in a controversial scheme run by the Prison Service. He handed himself in four days later in Motherwell.

Pickering also escaped from Strangeways in Manchester before he went on to stab a man to death in Oldham in 1990.

He was jailed in 1991 for life and ordered to serve a minimum of 18 years.

Pickering had been risk assessed as suitable for temporary release on licence by the Ministry of Justice, said Merseyside Police.

Another inmate, Thomas Moffett (51), from Blackburn, Lancashire, who is serving an indeterminate sentence for a number of robberies, also failed to return.

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