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Escaped murderer John Massey climbed Pentonville prison wall
B.B.C. UK: Convicted murderer John Massey, who has escaped from Pentonville prison in north London, climbed the wall using a makeshift rope, the BBC understands.
It is thought Massey, 64, hid in the prison gym and went onto the roof before scaling the wall using netting.
Massey - serving life for a 1975 pub murder - was reported missing at 18:30 BST on Wednesday. Police say he should not be approached.
The Ministry of Justice has launched an investigation into the escape.
It is thought he used discarded netting, which may have been used for a sports activity, to fashion the makeshift rope.
Massey - one of the UK's longest-serving prisoners - was convicted of shooting dead a man with a sawn-off shotgun at The Cricketers in Clapton, Hackney.
BBC home affairs correspondent Danny Shaw said the escape was a major security breach causing deep embarrassment for the prison authorities.
It is highly unusual for inmates to escape from within the confines of a closed prison such as Pentonville, our correspondent added.
Police want anyone who spots Massey to call 999.
The BBC News website understands that Massey had previously escaped from Coldingley prison, in Surrey, in April 1994, and was subsequently reported to be living in Spain before being returned to prison.