Manhunt launched after killer Jason Mills absconds from HMP Leyhill

Urgent manhunt is launched after brutal murderer, 49, who killed his girlfriend absconds from prison after failing to return from day release – as police warn public not to approach him

  • Jason Mills murdered his girlfriend Toni Mills, 24, at her home in Essex in 2001
  • The 49-year-old killer failed to return to prison after a having a day release
  • Avon and Somerset Police warned the public against approaching the murderer 
  • Police have launched an urgent hunt to track down a murderer who has absconded from HMP Leyhill after failing to return to the open prison following a day release.

    Officers have urged anyone who sees Jason Mills to call 999 and have warned people not to approach him.

    The killer, who had 99 previous convictions, was jailed for life in 2001 after murdering his girlfriend Toni Mills, 24.  

    Jason Mills, pictured, failed to return to HMP Leyhill after a day release from the Gloucestershire prison. Mills, who murdered his 24-year-old girlfriend Toni Mills, is serving a life sentence for the 2001 killing

    Jason Mills, pictured, failed to return to HMP Leyhill after a day release from the Gloucestershire prison. Mills, who murdered his 24-year-old girlfriend Toni Mills, is serving a life sentence for the 2001 killing 

    Mills failed to return to HMP Leyhill open prison, pictured, following a period of day release

    Mills failed to return to HMP Leyhill open prison, pictured, following a period of day release

    Mills failed to return to the open prison last night according to Avon and Somerset Police who have launched a man hunt

    Mills failed to return to the open prison last night according to Avon and Somerset Police who have launched a man hunt 

    Mills attended Bridewell Police Station in Bristol at 9.45am yesterday (Wednesday 6 April) but failed to return to HMP Leyhill as required. The 49-year-old was wearing a black Nike cap, black vest, blue coat, blue jeans and white Adidas trainers.

    An Avon and Somerset Police spokesperson said: ‘Mills was convicted of a domestic murder in 2001. He is known to have links to Essex, where the offence took place.

    ‘If you see Mills, please don’t approach, call 999 quoting reference 5222081856, or ring 101 with any other information.’

    Mills had claimed his girlfriend died after suffering a fit, but a post mortem discovered she suffered extensive internal and external bruising. 

    Chelmsford Crown Court heard he was a ‘dangerous young man’.