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Notorious killer who escaped from Swansea cell using shoelace is on the run for a THIRD time

By South Wales Evening Post  |  Posted: June 25, 2014

Convicted killer James William Stevenson, who is wanted back in prison after breaching the terms of his licence. He once escaped from a Swansea prison cell using his shoelaces.

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A NOTORIOUS killer who sparked a manhunt when he escaped from a Swansea cell using only his shoelaces is on the run again.

James William Stevenson has breached the conditions of his release from jail and is wanted back behind bars.

South Wales Police are advising the public not to approach him, but to report any information they may have on his whereabouts.

The 34-year-old was jailed in 2002 for the manslaughter of Gorseinon man Paul Mainwaring.

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He killed the 46-year-old epileptic by sticking newspaper in his mouth and taping over it.

Mr Mainwaring’s body was later dumped in the River Tawe.

In 2005 he escaped from a Dorset prison where he was being held for the manslaughter.

Four years later Stevenson went on the run again after fleeing from his cell at Swansea’s Guildhall Court, just minutes after he was sentenced to five years in prison for possessing a shotgun.

It later emerged he had inserted a shoelace into the cell door and used it to pull back a spring-loaded latch before climbing 28 feet over razor wire protecting the inner courtyard and gaining access to a flat roof.

He was on the run for two weeks, but despite an offer of a £5,000 reward for information and a manhunt which included 40 officers, he could not be found.

He later handed himself in.

Stevenson, who has links to the Townhill area of Swansea, is described as 5ft 10in tall, of medium build, with short brown hair and hazel eyes.

Acting Chief Inspector Jason Davies of Swansea Central Police Station said: “Despite extensive enquires over the last few days we have not located Stevenson, I would urge anyone with information as to his whereabouts to come forward as a matter of urgency.

“Members of the public are advised not approach him but report any information immediately.”

Can you help? Anyone with information is asked to contact South Wales Police on 101 on Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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  • RosemaryBush  |  June 26 2014, 8:20PM

    datasafe, why not? Have you tried using a telephone box? Or you could even pop into a Police station!!!!

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  • datasafe  |  June 26 2014, 2:44PM

    im sure i seen him last night in singleton park he had glasses on and looked very scruffy he came towards me and my dog i was frightened then he seen my wife and child the otherside of the park and walked away.im sure it was him hes hiding in that park around 9pm it happ ..i cant phone crimestoppers on my mobile its like 1 pound a minute so spread the word to police when you read this.

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  • theparcel  |  June 26 2014, 11:44AM

    He could b employed as an escape artist, he certainly doesn't like being in a prison.....................

  • Jiffy  |  June 25 2014, 10:15PM

    I do feel sorry for the dumping traveller. He's 51 and has just discovered "The travelling community is not quite as tight knit and supportive as we're led to believe," That must have come as a shock !!

  • siarad2  |  June 25 2014, 6:58PM

    He was 'released from jail' so why shouldn't anyone approach him - he can't be dangerous can he

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  • siarad2  |  June 25 2014, 6:52PM

    He was 'released from jail' so why shouldn't anyone approach him - he can't be dangerous can he

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  • shepherd2011  |  June 25 2014, 1:18PM

    he made a ladder out of shoelaces ?

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