Manhunt for brutal murderer on the run from open prison

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A huge police manhunt operation is underway for a murderer who has gone on the run from an open prison.

Paul Gerrard, formerly of Lodge Road, Manchester, was sentenced to life in prison aged 27 in July 2009 following the death of David Argent, 29, in February 2009.

Gerrard is now at large, having absconded from HMP Kirkham, an open prison in Lancashire.

In a statement issued today following an inquiry regarding Gerrard’s absconsion, an HM Prison Service spokesperson told the Liverpool Echo: “HMP Kirkham is urgently working with police to recapture the offender.

“Those who abscond from open prison will be moved back to closed conditions and face extra time in jail.”

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