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Violent east London mugger who robbed pensioners absconds from open prison

PUBLISHED: 10:06 27 October 2014 | UPDATED: 16:36 27 October 2014

Sabul Miah absconded from Standford Hill Prison on the Isle of Sheppey on Thursday (Picture: Metropolitan Police)

Sabul Miah absconded from Standford Hill Prison on the Isle of Sheppey on Thursday (Picture: Metropolitan Police)

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A man from Poplar serving two life terms for a wave of violent muggings on pensioners has absconded from Standford Hill Prison in Kent.

Police are urging anyone who comes across Sabul Miah not to approach him but to contact officers on 999.

The 39-year-old was jailed in 2003 for attacking elderly Londoners and stealing their pensions to fund a heroin and crack cocaine habit.

He was given two life terms at Southwark Crown Court - but Kent Police were called to the category D prison on the Isle of Sheppey on Thursday lunchtime after Miah left on day release but failed to return.

He was originally convicted of robbing at least 15 pensioners in a spree of attacks described by a judge as ‘persistent and cruel crimes against the elderly’.

As well as stabbing an 82-year-old woman’s hand he slashed the throat of his final victim - a 79-year-old World War Two veteran from Limehouse - in a lift.

The court heard he followed his victims home after watching them withdraw their pensions from post offices in Tower Hamlets, then rob them at knife-point.

Judge Geoffrey Rivlin told Southwark Crown Court: “These were heart-rending offences committed against some of the most vulnerable people in the community without the least sign of mercy.”

• If you see Sabul Miah or have any information on his whereabouts please contact the Metropolitan Police on 999 and do not approach him


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