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Two Oldham men abscond from Kirkham Prison

Absconders Philip Stephenson and Gareth Robinson Image copyright GMP
Image caption Philip Stephenson and Gareth Robinson are both originally from Oldham

Two Greater Manchester men have absconded from a prison in Lancashire.

Police said the men escaped together from HMP Kirkham on Friday and believe they could be in their hometown of Oldham.

It is thought they got into a silver Volkswagen Golf after escaping.

Police warned members of the public not to approach Philip Stephenson, 33, who was in prison for firearm offences, or Gareth Robinson, 24, who was convicted of burglary.

Det Ch Insp John Mazzolai advised anyone who spotted them or knows of their whereabouts to contact Greater Manchester Police.

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