Two dangerous inmates escape prison by jumping over fence

A manhunt has been launched for a pair of burglars after they escaped from a prison carrying rucksacks and a towel.

Sam Hawkins and Darren McKay jumped the fence at HMP Sudbury in Derbyshire earlier this week.

They even took time to pack their luggage after one was seen carrying two bags and the other holding a single rucksack with a towel around his neck.

The duo were caught on camera making their escape at 10.15pm on Monday.

They were later spotted hiking down the A515 heading towards Ashbourne.

People have been asked not to approach the dangerous pair if they are spotted.


McKay, 37, is described as being around 6ft 2ins tall, with blue eyes, brown hair and is of stocky build with tattoos on his arms.

He was convicted for burglary and driving offences last year and has links to Luton and Harpenden.

Hawkins, 34, was jailed in 2019 for burglary, theft and driving offences.

He was part of a gang locked up for nearly 50 years for a series of ram raids across the capital and is described as being 5ft 7ins, with brown hair, brown eyes and of medium build.

He has links to the Bexley Heath, Plumstead and Thamesmead areas of London.

Anyone who has any information about their current whereabouts is asked to get in touch with Derbyshire Police.

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