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Wrong prisoner freed in name mix-up

Messenger Newspapers: The error occurred at HMP Hewell The error occurred at HMP Hewell

A prisoner has been released from jail by mistake after an apparent mix-up involving another inmate with the same surname.

The Prison Service has launched an investigation into how the inmate, named in a media report as Anthony Douglas, came to be freed "in error" from HMP Hewell in Worcestershire.

Douglas, aged in his 20s and originally from Burton-on-Trent, is reported to have been freed instead of another inmate who had completed his term of imprisonment.

Police arrested Douglas, who has family links to Birmingham, and returned him to prison a day after the blunder at HMP Hewell last week.

Hewell, which primarily houses inmates from Worcestershire, the West Midlands and Warwickshire, was formed by an amalgamation of three jails in 2008.

A Prison Service spokesman confirmed that a prisoner was released in error at the jail on Wednesday July 2.

The spokesman said: "The police were notified immediately and he was recaptured on 3 July.

"An investigation by a senior governor has been launched.

"We take public protection extremely seriously and this type of incident is a very rare but regrettable occurrence."

The error at Hewell follows a series of high-profile incidents in which prisoners have absconded from open prisons, prompting criticism of arrangements to protect the public from violent offenders.

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11:50am Mon 7 Jul 14

Sandor Clegane says...


"We take public protection extremely seriously"


Saying it is meaningless. The reality is clear for the public to see.
[quote] "We take public protection extremely seriously" [/quote] Saying it is meaningless. The reality is clear for the public to see. Sandor Clegane
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12:09pm Mon 7 Jul 14

Graham in France says...

The Prison Service are totally incompetent. I produced a training booklet for them in 1998 aimed at reducing re-offending. Were they interested? Answer, they SAID they were VERY, but avoided me persistently when I kept trying to follow things through.

Yes, it seems they SAY one thing and DO another !
The Prison Service are totally incompetent. I produced a training booklet for them in 1998 aimed at reducing re-offending. Were they interested? Answer, they SAID they were VERY, but avoided me persistently when I kept trying to follow things through. Yes, it seems they SAY one thing and DO another ! Graham in France
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1:57pm Mon 7 Jul 14

H2o-hara says...

Yet another whoops regarding open prisoners .
Yet another whoops regarding open prisoners . H2o-hara
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5:15pm Mon 7 Jul 14

displayed says...

You couldnt make it up!

"after an apparent mix-up involving another inmate with the same surname. "
Identity theft is big business these days...............

Why were 2 prisoners with the same name sent to the same prison!
The admin dept needs sacking!

Let me out, I am the real one, no ur not get back in your cell!
You couldnt make it up! "after an apparent mix-up involving another inmate with the same surname. " Identity theft is big business these days............... Why were 2 prisoners with the same name sent to the same prison! The admin dept needs sacking! Let me out, I am the real one, no ur not get back in your cell! displayed
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