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Machete thug goes on the run after being allowed out of jail to visit mosque

EXCLUSIVE: Machete thug goes on the run after being allowed out of jail to visit mosque accompanied by prison officer but ‘got lost in the crowd’ – just two years into his eight-year sentence

Mohammed Waqas was jailed for eight years in 2019 for attacking a man’s car with a machete and a baseball bat outside a petrol station

A machete thug has gone on the run after ‘getting lost in a crowd’ while on compassionate leave from prison to visit a mosque. 

Mohammed Waqas was jailed for eight years in 2019 for attacking a man’s car with a machete and a baseball bat outside a petrol station in Tipton, in the West Midlands.

Waqas was allowed out on compassionate leave to attend his mother’s funeral at the Zia-UL-Quran mosque in Saltley, Birmingham, yesterday.

Ministry of Defense source told MailOnline that while Waqas was accompanied by a prison officer he became ‘lost in a crowd’ and ‘ended up not returning’ to prison at the end of the day.

In 2019, Waqas was plead guilty to causing grievous bodily harm with intent, breaching an anti-social behaviour order and driving without a licence or insurance.

He was sentenced to seven years and 10 months in prison on January 9 – but was released on temporary license and moved to HMP Sudbury – an open prison in Derbyshire. 

West Midlands police have launched a man hunt.

More to follow on this breaking news story… 

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