Preston murderer Thomas Parkinson arrested after being on the run from HMP Kirkham for more than two weeks

A Preston man given a life sentence for murder has been arrested after going on the run from prison for more than two weeks.

By Tom Earnshaw, Reporter
Sunday, 12th May 2019, 6:10 pm
Updated Sunday, 12th May 2019, 7:10 pm
Thomas Parkinson
Thomas Parkinson

Thomas Parkinson, 31, formerly of Acacia Street, Preston, was being hunted by police after absconding from HMP Kirkham on Wednesday, April 24.

After two and a half weeks on the run, Parkinson was this morning (Sunday, May 12) arrested in Southport by Merseyside Police.

Parkinson had been serving the last two years of a life sentence at the minimum security prison for the murder of 23-year-old Shaun Higgins in August 2006.

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Thomas Parkinson

Parkinson, then 19, was sentenced to serve a minimum of 12 years.

Lancashire Police had previously warned the public to not approach the 31-year-old, saying he "could be violent".