Burglar who escaped from prison appears on Facebook to announce he’s getting engaged

EXCLUSIVE: Burglar who escaped from prison appears on Facebook to announce his engagement and celebrates by eating a piece of toast in his fiancée’s bed

  • Sam Hawkins announced his plan to marry Danielle Foster in a Facebook post
  • The following day, Hawkins, 34, jumped a fence at HMP Sudbury in Derbyshire
  • He was last seen walking the A515 with fellow refugee Darren McKay, 37
  • Yesterday Miss Foster added a Facebook profile picture with a topless Hawkins










Sam Hawkins (pictured) jumped the fence at HMP Sudbury in Derbyshire and was last seen descending the A515 towards Ashbourne with fellow refugee Darren McKay, 37

A dangerous burglar, the victim of a major manhunt after escaping from prison last month, has surfaced on Facebook and appears to be celebrating his engagement while eating a piece of toast in his girlfriend’s bed.

Sam Hawkins announced his plan to marry Danielle Foster in a Facebook post from prison on October 9, and the following day he jumped the fence at HMP Sudbury in Derbyshire.

The 34-year-old was last seen walking along the A515 with fellow refugee Darren McKay, 37, to the Peak District town of Ashbourne.

Since then, police across the country have been looking for the “dangerous criminal” and are warning the public not to approach him.

Yesterday, Miss Foster added a temporary profile picture to her Facebook page in which she appears to be pouting into the camera while a topless Hawkins nibbles on a toast while leaning on a bed next to her.

He was tagged with four blue hearts.

Yesterday Miss Foster uploaded a temporary profile picture to her Facebook page showing her pouting into the camera while a topless Hawkins nibbles on toast.

Yesterday Miss Foster uploaded a temporary profile picture to her Facebook page showing her pouting into the camera while a topless Hawkins nibbles on toast.

Hawkins, 34, announced his plan to marry Danielle Foster in a Facebook post from prison on October 9 - the day before he escaped prison

Hawkins, 34, announced his plan to marry Danielle Foster in a Facebook post from prison on October 9 – the day before he escaped prison

Last year on July 5, she changed her relationship status to announce that she was now together with Hawkins, who had been sentenced to nine years and four months in prison the year before.

A source told MailOnline: ‘It’s crazy. Danielle has four children and has only been with him when he was in prison. She’s never seen him on the outside, so this photo must be recent.

“So far, the only pictures she’s shared of him are from prison calls.”

Hawkins was part of a seven-member gang in south London who received a total of nearly 50 years in prison in June 2019.

They specialized in ramming shops and breaking open ATMs, as well as residential burglaries, and their crime wave lasted from September 2017 until their arrests in December 2018.

Officers in the South East London area targeted by the gang for their home burglaries reported a 25 percent drop in such crimes following their arrests.

Hawkins and fellow burglar McKay were caught on camera at HMP Sudbury while escaping at 10:15pm on October 10.

They were said to be carrying two backpacks, another bag and a towel.

He was described as of average build, about six feet tall with brown hair and brown eyes.

The escape sparked a massive manhunt from police across the country and also appeared to lead to further breakouts from the ‘low security’ prison.

Just two days after their escape, arsonist Adam Curtling, 35, fled and earlier this month abusive drug dealer Robert Shannon Smith, 28, never returned after being released on a temporary permit.

HMP Sudbury, which houses 581 inmates, is a Category D prison meaning it has minimal security as violators have been assessed for risk and are trusted not to escape.

Inmates eligible for day release may apply to spend most of their day outside the institution for work, education or other purposes.

MailOnline has contacted Derbyshire Police and Ms Foster for comment.

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