Pentonville Prison fugitive who has links to Havering still on the run as police warn public to not approach men

Matthew Baker who escaped from Pentonville Prison. Picture: Met Police

Matthew Baker who escaped from Pentonville Prison. Picture: Met Police - Credit: Archant

An attempted murderer who is on the run from police after escaping from Pentonville Prison has links to Havering.

Matthew Baker, 28, was sought by Havering Police back in 2013 for an alleged domestic assault and shoplifting and is believed to have links to the borough.

He and James Whitlock, 31, scaled the walls of the prison in Caledonian Road, Islington, yesterday.

The pair reportedly used diamond-tipped cutters to break through cell bars and stuffed their beds with pillows in the shape of bodies to fool prison staff.

The 28-year-old was waiting to be sentenced for attempted murder, having stabbed a man in Dagenham in a dispute.

Detectives have urged people not to approach the two men, who they say could become violent.

Police say they do not know what clothing either had on when they escaped.

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Anyone with information is asked to call 999 and to not approach either man as they could become violent, or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.

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