Birmingham: Prisoner who escaped jail says it ‘drove me crazy’

Greggor Gray called in to say he was full of ‘raw, uncut emotion’ (Picture: BPM Media)

A man who escaped from jail called his local newspaper to complain that jail had ‘drove him crazy’.

Greggor Grey, 42, fled HMP Sudbury in Derbyshire on Sunday.

Police launched a hunt for the escaped convict and advised members of the public not to approach him if spotted.

The 42-year-old man from Birmingham, confessed to his escape and vowed to return.

But he chose to make the promise to a journalist rather than a policeman.

Gray called the Birmingham Mail and revealed his fight to an unsuspecting reporter.

He said: “We have been in prison for 17 years. It makes me crazy.

“I thought about giving them the raw, uncut emotion that I deal with on a daily basis.”

An escaped prisoner phoned his local newspaper to say prison was 'driving me crazy' - then promised to turn himself in.  Greggor Gray, 42, from Birmingham, fled HMP Sudbury near Ashbourne, Derbyshire, on Sunday [May 15].  Caption: HMP Sudbury at Sudbury near Ashbourne, Derbyshire

The 42-year-old escaped from HMP Sudbury, a Category D prison (Picture: ACJ Media/BPM Media)

Gray did not reveal his current location, but said he would return in time for a parole hearing on June 14.

The escaped convict would have served 17 years for theft, but his original sentence was only at least three years.

He remains, or is expected to remain, behind bars on a public protection (IPP) term.

The controversial sentence means prisoners must serve a minimum sentence before they can apply to the parole board for release.

PPIs were phased out in 2012 after intense backlash.

Former Supreme Court Justice Lord Brown described them as ‘the biggest stain’ on the criminal justice system.

Gray, from Birmingham, remains on the run from police and prison officials (Picture: BPM Media)

But the ban was not retroactive and does not affect those who had already had an IPP before 2012.

Grey, also known as Moses Blake, McGreggor Gray and Marcus Osbourne, may be hiding in Leicester or Birmingham, Derbyshire Police say.

In a previous statement, the force said: ‘We are requesting information after a convict fled from HMP Sudbury. Greggor Gray left the open prison on Sunday May 15.

“The 42-year-old, who is serving a life sentence for robbery, is described as black, 5ft 11in tall and stocky.

“He is known to use the pseudonyms of Moses Blake, McGreggor Gray and Marcus Osbourne and has links to the Leicester and Birmingham areas.

“If you see Grey, do not approach him, but contact the police immediately.”

HM Prison Sudbury is a Category D men’s prison which means it has minimum security as offenders have been risk assessed and trusted not to escape.

The There have been a series of escapes over the past year, with the public again urged not to approach ‘dangerous’ inmates who have escaped.

Derbyshire Police have been approached by Metro.co.uk for further comment.

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