EIGHT of the most-wanted and dangerous inmates, still on the run from Ford Open Prison, have been revealed by Sussex Police today (Wednesday, June 18) in a determined effort to track them down.
Three of the men were jailed for murder and the others were jailed for violence or robbery.
It follows revelations last week by the police who said that almost 90 prisoners who absconded from Ford were still at large
Superintendent Lawrence Hobbs said: “We have assessed the cases of each and every prisoner who is currently wanted after absconding from Ford Prison and decided these men need our attention the most, considering how likely they could be to commit more crimes.
“We have no evidence that any of these men are a danger to the public but because of the offences they have previously committed we cannot rule it out.
“We need the public’s help to track each and every one of them down and return them to custody.
“Some of the men may have absconded a number of years ago and may not have broken the law since then but justice has not been done in any of their cases as they still need to complete the sentences they were originally given.
“If you have any information at all about where they could be, please contact us.”
The Ministry of Justice determines which prisoners should be sent to Ford – a category D open jail.
David Blood, 48, was the most recent to flee the prison, absconding some time between 8.30am and 1pm on Thursday, June 12.
He was jailed for life at Stafford Crown Court in 2003 after he was convicted of robbing a post office in Wylde Green with a number of other men in the West Midlands in December, 2000.
Robert Donovan, 57, was jailed after he stabbed a man to death in London’s West End when he was just 17.
In December, 1974, he was jailed for life for the murder.
He left Ford prison on day release in June, 2010 and has not been seen since.
Steven Evans, 55, was jailed for life in February, 2003, after he was convicted of assault.
After getting into an argument with his victim, Evans waited six hours for him in a Southend car park and then attacked him with a metal bar.
He has previous convictions for robbery, handling stolen goods, wounding and firearms offences.
He absconded from Ford in March, 2013.
Fellow inmate Craig Hayler, 30, absconded on March 10, this year.
He had been jailed for 30 months for a burglary in Poplar Avenue in Hove in December, 2012.
Hayler has a series of convictions for burglary, theft and fraud offences.
Arben Nuredini, 39, also known as Arben Alizoti, was jailed for seven years in December, 2004, for wounding.
He absconded from Ford prison in January, 2005.
Timothy O’Leary, 59, was jailed for life for the murder of a fellow traveller in Nuneaton, Warwickshire, in September 1981.
O’Leary, who also uses the name Timothy McCarthy, absconded from Ford 17 years ago, in March, 1997.
Derek Passmore, 49, walked out of the open prison on June 22, 2013, on day release. He was serving a sentence of life imprisonment for the murder of a man in a street in Hampton, Middlesex, in October, 1996.
Christopher Street, 62, was jailed for seven years at Croydon Crown Court in August, 1999, after he was convicted of conspiracy to rob and firearms offences.
He already had convictions for burglary and firearms offences. He absconded from Ford prison in November, 2001.
The video shows, left to right, Blood, Donovan, Evans, Hayler, Nuredini, O’Leary, Passmore and Street.
Anyone with information about any of the men should call 101, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.