On-the-run inmate still wanted by police after absconding from prison in Doncaster

An inmate who absconded from a prison in Doncaster has been on the run for over a week now.

Monday, 10th May 2021, 2:16 pm

Almas Ullah, aged 33, left HMP Hatfield without authority on Sunday, May 2.

He left the open prison at around 5.30pm and has not been seen since.

The convicted robber escaped from custody at another open prison – HMP Sudbury in Derbyshire – in November 2014.

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Almas Ullah is wanted by South Yorkshire Police for absconding from prison in Doncaster
Almas Ullah is wanted by South Yorkshire Police for absconding from prison in Doncaster

But despite his history he had been assessed as suitable for open prison conditions again.

Open prisons have minimal security and allow eligible inmates to spend their days away from their cells working, in education or for other resettlement purposes.

The aim of the prisons is to prepare inmates for life at the end of their sentences.

Ullah, from Bradford, was sentenced in 2008 for a series violent robberies, including petrol station raids in which staff were threatened with a Samurai sword and knives.

After pleading guilty to three robberies and an attempted robbery, he asked for a further 98 offences to be taken into consideration.

He was given an ‘indefinite’ prison sentence for the protection of the public, with a minimum custodial term of more than five years set.

After six years behind bars he escaped but was recaptured in Huddersfield two weeks later.

He was eventually released in 2017 but in 2019 was jailed again for dangerous driving, driving after taking cannabis and having no licence or insurance.

He was recalled to prison under his original indeterminate sentence and will now only be released at the discretion of the parole board.

Ullah is 5ft 6ins tall, slim and when he was last seen he had a full beard.

He has two scars – one on his left arm and the other down the centre of his stomach.

He also two tattoos – the name ‘Cath’ on his left arm and a Chinese symbol on his right arm.

Members of the public are urged not to approach Ullah but to call 999 and quote incident number 705 of May 2 if he is seen.

Anyone with information to help officers track him down should call South Yorkshire Police on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.

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