Convicted killer arrested after going on the run

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A convicted killer who was on the run from jail has been arrested.

Paul Maxwell, 49, disappeared while visiting Rochdale town centre on Friday with prison staff.

He was sentenced to life imprisonment in 1996 for the murder and robbery of 85-year-old Joe Smales in Wakefield, West Yorkshire.

Maxwell was arrested in a park in Salford today after he absconded while on day release from HMP Buckley Hall.

A spokesman for Greater Manchester Police said: “Shortly before 11.50am today, a 49-year-old man was arrested in Albert Park, Salford.

“Another man he was with has been arrested on suspicion of assisting an escapee.

“Both men remain in police custody.”