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Jailbreak stunt foiled; EXCLUSIVE.

Byline: by JEREMY ARMSTRONG

THIS prisoner jailed for a brutal rape tried to escape by swapping places with a visitor.

Yurij Nekrasov failed because his accomplice, did not know his way back to the cells.

The visitor put on the con's high-visibility vest at the end of visiting time as they embraced.

Lithuanian Nekrasov then mingled with others as they made their way out at Wakefield jail.

An insider said: "The visitor looked like him.

They could have been brothers. But the visitor clearly did not know his way around. A check was done and he did not match Nebrasov's photo."

"Nekrasov had got to a set of bulletproof doors in a secure area. They were waiting to leave by the main gate when the alarm was raised."

The 700 inmates were checked, and Nekrasov, 41, jailed for 11-and-a-half years in 2007 for rape and assault, was held and the visitor arrested.

The Ministry of Justice said of Sunday afternoon's incident: "The vigilance and alertness of prison officers stopped an escape."

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Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:Mar 31, 2009
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