Fugitive prisoner caught in region.
APRISONER from Newcastle who absconded from an open prison in South Yorkshire has been found in Durham, police have conrmed. Dean Jackson, 27, escaped from the Category D HMP Hateld in Doncaster on Monday night along with "Scarborough Slasher" Damien Burns, 39.
Police warned the public not to approach the men. Jackson was on remand awaiting a sentence for a theft related matter and Burns was serving an indeterminate sentence for a knifepoint robbery. A spokesman for South Yorkshire Police said the pair had been caught returning to their respective home regions.
"e two men who absconded from HMP & YOI Hateld in Doncaster on Monday, May 19, were found and arrested yesterday evening," he said. "Damien Burns, 39, was arrested in Scarborough and Dean Jack-Jackson, 27, was arrested in Durham. Police would like to thank the public for their assistance."
e recent spate of escapes from open prisons - including violent armed robber "Skull Cracker" Michael Wheatley who absconded from on the Isle of Sheppey for four days, and Anthony Peloe and John Arnold who yesterday ran from orn Cross open prison in Cheshire - has led Justice Secretary Chris Grayling to look at tightening the rules governing open prisons.
"Keeping the public safe is our priority and I will not allow the actions of a small minority of o"enders to undermine public condence in the prison system," Mr Grayling said.
"Absconds have reached record lows under this Government but I take each and every incident seriously. I have already ordered immediate changes to tighten up the system as a matter of urgency.
"With immediate e"ect, prisoners will no longer be transferred to open conditions or allowed out on temporary release if they have previously absconded, and there will also be no unrestricted 'town leave'. I am clear that open prisons and temporary licence remains an important tool in rehabilitating long-term o"enders but not at the expense of public safety."