Absconder highlights 'failings' at HMP Sudbury
Published: 24th Aug 2010 17:24:17
The Prison Officers Association (POA) has said "weaknesses in the system" allowed a convicted killer to abscond from an open prison in Derbyshire.
Ashley Squires, 27, failed to return to HMP Sudbury over the weekend.
He was jailed for 12 years in 2006 for the manslaughter of a farmer who he ran over while stealing his Land Rover.
The POA believes too many inmates are not assessed properly before being sent to Sudbury, but the Prison Service said it carries out "rigorous" checks.
Squires, from Leicester, ran over William Boffey as the 61-year-old tried to stop the theft at his Warwickshire farm in 2005. He had recently served time in prison for theft offences and was was out on licence at the time.
He admitted the manslaughter charge, and was moved to HMP Sudbury after serving four years of his sentence.
A spokesperson for the Prison Service said he had been released on temporary licence when he failed to return for the evening roll call on Saturday.
Numerous prisoners have absconded from Sudbury in recent years, including several convicted murderers.
POA spokesman Glyn Travis said: "The pressure on the Prison Service to fill open prison places is immense. Sudbury over the last two or three years has had a high record of absconds.
"Staff at Sudbury have constantly raised concerns about too many inappropriate prisoners being forced through the system before they are due to go over."
He said some inmates are not correctly risk managed, and that the latest case "reaffirmed that changes need to be made".
In a statement, the Prison Service said: "Prisoners may be released on temporary licence providing they meet strict criteria and pass a rigorous risk assessment.
"Only those assessed as representing minimal risk of escape or risk of harm to the public are eligible."
Release on temporary licence is used to prepare prisoners for their eventual release from custody and is "essential" for successful resettlement, it added.
At 14:07:22 in EnglandA body that was discovered in a Surrey town has been identified as a man who was last seen at a hospital accident and emergency department.
At 14:04:24 in SportTorquay United have signed AFC Bournemouth youngster Josh Wakefield on a month's loan.
At 14:01:02 in EnglandA 19-year-old man has pleaded guilty to stealing a van and driving it 50 miles the wrong way up the M11 and A14 in Cambridgeshire.
At 14:00:12 in SportGlasgow has been chosen to host the 2018 European Championships.
At 14:00:10 in SportOlympic and Commonwealth gold medallist Nicola Adams will miss the Women's World Championships in South Korea in November because of a shoulder injury.
At 13:58:39 in PoliticsBritain will not work with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad in the battle against Islamic State (IS) extremists, the foreign secretary has told the BBC.
At 13:58:33 in EnglandWooden barriers have been installed in parts of Savernake Forest to protect "internationally important trees".
At 13:57:40 in ScotlandThe scene of the hanging of Maggie Dickson in 1724 is being painted onto a giant 32ft double-sided canvas in Edinburgh's Grassmarket.
At 13:56:53 in SportJersey-born England international Matt Banahan is on the Bath bench as they meet Jersey in a friendly on Saturday.
At 13:53:45 in SportBrighton & Hove Albion boss Sami Hyypia admits the injury that has sidelined winger Solly March so far this season remains a mystery.
Harvard CitationBBC News, 2010. Absconder highlights 'failings' at HMP Sudbury [Online] (Updated 24th Aug 2010)
Available at: http://www.ukwirednews.com/news/84506/Absconder-highlights-failings-at-HMP-Sudbury [Accessed 22nd Aug 2014]
News In Other Categories
Hundreds - possibly thousands - of students across the UK are falling victim to an expensive mobile phone scam.
The leader of Swansea council has been told to expect a challenge to his leadership after sacking two cabinet members in a reshuffle.
The scene of the hanging of Maggie Dickson in 1724 is being painted onto a giant 32ft double-sided canvas in Edinburgh's Grassmarket.
US researchers say they have been able to hack into Gmail accounts with a 92% success rate by exploiting a weakness in smartphone memory.
A police officer has told a court that the owner of a car that was hijacked in Londonderry failed to pick out two men charged in connection with the incident.
With the doors to its brand new £1million training centre officially open, one of the UK's leading apprentice training providers, Bristol based S&B Automotive Academy, is showcasing its world-class facilities by launching a series of foreign student exchanges for the first time in its 41-year history. To get a flavour of what life is like as an apprentice in the UK, the Academy hosted 16 apprentice engineers and bus drivers from the G9 Automotive College in Hamburg, Germany, as part of a Europe-wide vocational training initiative called the ‘Leonardo Programme’ with support from the European Social Fund. In a reciprocal arrangement, S&B will be sending nine apprentices to Germany during February 2012 so that they can get an appreciation of life in the automotive industry on the Continent. A further three German exchange groups are being planned for next year. Designed to assist the development of vocational skills and training across Europe, including work placements for trainees, the Leonardo Programme has a budget of €1.75bn, which is helping to encourage UK organisations to work with their counterparts abroad. In what is expected to be another challenging year for employers in the UK automotive sector, S&B’s Chief Executive, Jon Winter, claims that the exchange initiative will bring many benefits to the Academy and its apprentices: “In a world of global automotive brands, it’s important for our learners to understand the international context of the industry they have chosen to make their career. This new exchange programme will enable apprentices and Academy staff alike to achieve a better understanding of the challenges and opportunities within the automotive arena in Europe. With the Academy’s influence also extending to the USA and Asia, there’s every possibility that this initiative could move further afield in the future.” Continued Winter: “The need for skilled technicians across the world is on the increase and we actively encourage our apprentices to look at broader horizons during their training. Many of them have already learned the phrase ‘Vorsprung durch Gelehrtheit’, quite simply, ‘Advancement through learning.” In the 2010/11 academic year, S&B doubled the number of successful Apprenticeships over the previous year with some 350 apprentices graduating from the Academy. At the same time, achievement levels reached an all-time high with an overall success rate of 85%. For those learners on the Advanced Apprenticeship three-year programme, success rates were even higher, at over 98%. PHOTO CAPTION: As part of their exchange visit, S&B Automotive Academy arranged for the German apprentices to visit Hampshire bus operator, Bluestar, at its Barton Park depot. The students are pictured with S&B’s Andy West (3rd right) and Steve Prewett, Bluestar’s Area Engineering Manager (2nd right). Ends http://www.sandbaa.com