Prisoner who escaped jail phones local paper to say it ‘was driving me insane’

Prisoner who escaped jail phones local paper to say it ‘was driving me insane’

Prisoner who escaped jail phones local paper to say it 'was driving me insane'
Greggor Grey called to say he was full of ‘raw, uncut emotion’ (Picture: BPM Media)

A man who escaped prison called up his local paper to complain jail had been ‘driving him insane’.

Greggor Grey, 42, absconded from HMP Sudbury, in Derbyrshire, on Sunday.

Police launched a hunt for the escaped convict, and advised members of the public not to approach him if spotted.

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The 42-year-old, from Birmingham, fessed up to his escape and vowed to return.

But he chose to make the promise to a journalist rather than a police officer.

Grey called up the Birmingham Mail and revealed his struggle to an unsuspecting reporter.

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He said: ‘We’re in prison for the last 17 years. It’s driving me insane.

‘I thought about just giving them the raw, uncut emotion that I deal with on a daily basis.’

An escaped prisoner phoned his local paper to say jail was 'driving me insane' - then promised to give himself up. Greggor Grey, 42, from Birmingham, absconded from HMP Sudbury near Ashbourne, Derbyshire, on Sunday [May 15]. Caption: HMP Sudbury in Sudbury near Ashbourne, Derbyshire
The 42-year-old absconded from HMP Sudbury, a category D prison (Picture: ACJ Media/BPM Media)

Grey did not reveal his current location, but said he would return in time for a parole hearing on June 14.

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The escaped convict has reportedly served 17 years for robbery, but his initial sentence was just a minimum of three years.

He remains, or is meant to remain, behind bars due to an Imprisonment for Public Protection Sentence (IPPs).

The controversial sentencing means prisoners must serve a minimum term before they can apply to the Parole Board for release.

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IPPs were scrapped in 2012 after intense backlash.

Former Supreme Court justice Lord Brown described them as ‘the single greatest stain’ on the criminal justice system.

An escaped prisoner phoned his local paper to say jail was 'driving me insane' - then promised to give himself up. Greggor Grey, 42, from Birmingham, absconded from HMP Sudbury near Ashbourne, Derbyshire, on Sunday [May 15]. Caption: Greggor Grey, 42, from Birmingham, who absconded from HMP Sudbury near Ashbourne, Derbyshire, on 15 May 2022
Grey, from Birmingham, remains on the run from police and prison officials (Picture: BPM Media)

But the ban wasn’t retrospective, and does not affect those already subject to an IPP before 2012.

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Grey, also known as Moses Blake, McGreggor Gray and Marcus Osbourne, could be hiding out in Leicester or Birmingham, according the Derbyshire Police.

In a previous statement, the force said: ‘We are ​appealing for information after a convict absconded from HMP Sudbury. Greggor Grey left the open prison on Sunday 15 May.

‘The 42-year-old, who is serving a life sentence for robbery is described as black, 5ft 11ins tall and of stocky build.

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‘He is known to use the aliases of Moses Blake, McGreggor Gray and Marcus Osbourne and has links to the Leicester and Birmingham areas.

‘If you see Grey, please do not approach him, but contact police immediately.’

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HM Prison Sudbury is a Category D men’s prison, meaning it has minimal security as offenders have been risk-assessed and trusted not to escape.

There were a series of escapes last year, with the public again urged not to approach ‘dangerous’ inmates who absconded.

Derbyshire Police has been approached by Metro.co.uk for additional comment.

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