Escaped prisoner Greggor Grey – who said jail was ‘driving him insane’ – still at large

Police issued a fresh appeal to catch a convicted robber who remains on the run having escaped from jail over a week ago. During this time Greggor Grey rang BirminghamLive to say ‘jail’s driving me insane’.

The 42-year-old, who has links to Birmingham, had served 17 years of a sentence for robbery when he absconded from HMP Sudbury, in Derbyshire, on May 15. It is understood he could have been released after just three years as part of an indeterminate Imprisonment for Public Protection – but he has remained behind bars.

Derbyshire Police warned the public not to approach Grey and urged anyone with information on his whereabouts should contact them. A force spokeswoman told BirminghamLive today, Monday, May 23: “Grey is still outstanding and we would continue to urge anyone with any information about his whereabouts to the force.”

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In an emotional phone call to a BirminghamLive reporter last week, Grey spoke about the years he has spent in jail. He said: “We’re in prison for the last 17 years. It’s driving me insane.”

HMP Sudbury in Derbyshire

The long-term prisoner vowed to return to jail before his next parole hearing on Tuesday, June 14. In one outburst, he told us: “I thought about just giving them the raw uncut emotion that I deal with on a daily basis.”

Grey gave no indication of where he was during our brief phone call. It is understood he was initially subject of a three year minimum IPP.

In a previous statement, Derbyshire Police said about the escaped convict: “We are appealing for information after a convict absconded from HMP Sudbury. Greggor Grey left the open prison on Sunday 15 May.

“The 42-year-old who is serving a life sentence for robbery is described as black, 5ft 11ins tall and of stocky build. He is known to use the aliases of Moses Blake, McGreggor Gray and Marcus Osbourne and has links to the Leicester and Birmingham areas.

“Anyone who has seen him or knows of his whereabouts is asked to contact Derbyshire police quoting reference 688-150522. If you see Grey, please do not approach him, but contact police immediately.

“You can also anonymously contact the independent charity Crimestoppers, on 0800 555 111 or by visiting In an emergency you should always call 999.”

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