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Manhunt launched after murderer vanishes from bail hostel

Mark Anthony Ryder
Mark Anthony Ryder

A national manhunt has been launched for a convicted murderer who has vanished from a bail hostel.

Mark Anthony Ryder, 46, shot love rival Stuart McCue in Brighton in 1993, in front of the victim's girlfriend, two teenage nieces and another two children.

He was released on licence in June this year and had been living in a bail hostel in Greater Manchester, but was not there when police went to check over the weekend.

Hertfordshire Police are leading national appeals to find Ryder, with an all ports alert issued and forces across the country helping publicise the appeal.

Any member of the public who sees him is advised not to approach him but to call 999.

Ryder has previously escaped from jail twice.

He was on the run from Lewes prison, where he had been serving a sentence for theft, when he shot Mr McCue.

The former market trader was jailed for 15 years for murder in 1993, but 12 years into his sentence went on the run again after escaping prison guards while on an escorted trip to a Cambridge shopping centre. He was eventually caught in Malaga and returned to the UK.