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On-the-run killer Wyndham Richard Thomas captured

Wyndham Richard Thomas
Image caption Convicted murderer Wyndham Richard Thomas absconded from Prescoed prison, Monmouthshire

A convicted murderer who absconded from prison on Wednesday has been arrested, say Gwent police.

Wyndham Richard Thomas, 33, from Croeserw, Neath Port Talbot, was held at an address in Caerphilly.

A 39-year-old woman from Caerphilly has also been arrested on suspicion of assisting an offender.

Thomas, who was convicted of murder and burglary in 1998, absconded from HMP Prescoed in Monmouthshire. Police had urged him to give himself up.

Thomas was jailed over the death of 23-year-old taxi driver Christopher Williams who was fatally stabbed in the heart after confronting three men burgling his home.

Thomas was convicted along with two others, Alan Naylor and Christopher Chislett, who together had been breaking into a house at Nantyffyllon, near Maesteg, in July 1997.

The trial judge concluded Chislett had struck the fatal blow but both Thomas and Naylor were also convicted of murder and the tariff was set at 10 years for Thomas.

The family of Mr Williams had criticised the authorities for not informing them about Thomas absconding from jail until hours after they learnt about it through the media.

Distress

Mr Williams' father, Alan, said that since his son's killing, the family had "tried to put the hurtful things" behind them - and the renewed distress they had suffered as a result of Thomas' escape could have been avoided.

Gwent Police said it took immediate action after being notified that Thomas had absconded from prison and an operational plan was activated with the aim of locating him.

The force confirmed he was now in police custody.

Senior investigating officer Det Supt Martyn Dew said: "I would like to take this opportunity to thank both the media and the public for their co-operation and assistance in locating this individual who was found following extensive inquiries by specialist officers."

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