Violent robber once locked up for public protection remains on the run after absconding from Doncaster jail

A violent robber once locked up for the protection of the public remains on the run two weeks after he absconded from a prison in Doncaster.

Monday, 17th May 2021, 10:47 am

Almas Ullah terrorised robbery victims in the Bradford area, where he held up staff at petrol stations while brandishing a Samurai sword, knife and golf club.

He also threatened to shoot a bookmaker in a raid.

When he was jailed in 2008, he received an indeterminate sentence for the protection of the public, meaning he would only be released once no longer deemed a danger.

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

After six years behind bars he escaped from HMP Sudbury in Derbyshire but was recaptured two weeks later.

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

He was serving time at HMP Hatfield in Doncaster when he absconded on Sunday, May 2.

Both HMP Sudbury and Hatfield are open prisons aimed at reintegrating prisoners back into society.

Inmates are allowed out for ‘resettlement’ visits and work and if they fail to return by a set time, they are classed as absconders.

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.

If spotted, dial 999 and quote incident number 705 of May 2.