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On-the-run murderer Nicholas Redding recaptured

Nicholas Redding Image copyright Thames Valley Police
Image caption Nicholas Redding slashed his victim's throat with a saw

A convicted murderer is back in custody more than three weeks after he absconded from prison.

Nicholas Redding, 45, went on the run from HMP Spring Hill in Buckinghamshire on 19 November.

Redding, who killed his neighbour in Yeovil in 1994, was arrested by Thames Valley Police officers in Bristol.

He was jailed for life for tying his victim to a chair, battering him with a hammer and slashing his throat with a saw.

Drug dealer James Vaughan and aggravated burglar Barry Anderson also absconded from the open prison in November.

Vaughan, 37, and Anderson, 41, were recaptured on 23 and 24 November respectively.

Spring Hill is a category D open prison, preparing prisoners for release "by addressing, accommodation, employment, vocational training and offending behaviour needs", according to HM Prison and Probation Service.

Image copyright South Beds News Agency
Image caption HMP Spring Hill became the country's first open prison for men in 1953

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