Craig Black, who escaped from HMP Leyhill, was arrested after being spotted by off duty police at the Tesco Extra store in Kingsmeadow
A CONVICTED murderer who fled from a minimum security prison was located and apprehended in Cirencester.
Craig Black, 39, escaped from the open prison at Leyhill in Gloucestershire on Monday, July 15.
The prisoner was spotted by Special Constable Philip Barton in the Tesco Extra store in Kingsmeadow on Wednesday morning.
After realising he had been seen, Black gave chase to two police officers who managed to pin him down and subsequently arrest him on the footbridge over the A419 dual carriageway at appoximately 10.10am.
Craig Black was sent to prison in 1995 after brutally murdering Perrie Shiels in August 1994.
Black killed Perrie Shiels in Marlborough, in Figgins Lane, after he had spent a night drinking heavily. Staff at the prison first noticed that Black had gone missing at around 8.30pm on Monday night after he was absent from a routine check.
It is thought that Black travelled to Cirencester during Monday night and throughout Tuesday as he was seen by a jogger at around 5.30am on Wednesday morning.
The jogger, who wishes to remain anonymous, told the Standard that he became suspicious of the man as the only people who were normally about at that time were runners or dog walkers.
He said: “You just get a feeling sometimes that something’s not right. He was wearing a black wooly hat and I just thought that was a bit weird.”
After seeing a photograph of Black on television, the jogger informed that police that he had spotted him earlier that morning.
Having been arrested, Craig Black was put in custody and taken to police cells in Cheltenham.
A spokesman for Gloucestershire Police said: “It is my expectation that Mr Black, having escaped from an open prison, will be put back into a secure prison.”