Archive for January 25, 2012


UPDATE HE HAS  BEEN FOUND BY POLICE AND IS IN CUSTODY

Man Hunt Under Way

He has escaped before and lasted 21 days on the run after he fled from Coventry Crown Court on April 24th 2007

A manhunt is under way after two prison officers were threatened at gunpoint and forced to release a prisoner, police said.

No one was hurt in the incident which took place as they transported Andrew Farndon, 26, for treatment at West Suffolk Hospital in Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk.

Suffolk Police said officers were contacted just after 6.50pm by staff at the hospital’s A&E department who reported they could see a man with a gun outside.

The prison officers, from HMP Highpoint in Stradishall, near Newmarket, called police moments later and said they had had a gun pulled on them by a man who confronted them as they had arrived at the hospital.

They said the prisoner needed treatment after being stabbed in an incident at the prison. Both the prisoner and the man with the gun then ran away across the car park.

Farden, thought to have been a category C prisoner, is described as white with a shaved head, and was wearing a dark blue baseball cap and a light coloured jumper that was padded on the right side due to his injury.

The man with the gun is described as white, in his mid 40s, around 5ft 8ins tall and of stocky build. He possibly had a Scottish accent and was wearing a white top and blue jeans.

Police are searching the area and are liaising with other agencies and talking to witnesses. Members of the public are advised not to approach either of the men but to call officers straight away.

After he was injured badly enough to be taken to hospital, the prison officers escorting him were threatened by a man armed with a gun as they got out of the vehicle at the hospital, sources said.

The escape is the second in just a week, after category A prisoner John Anslow was sprung from a prison van after it left Hewell Prison in Worcestershire. Three masked men ambushed the van as it took inmates from the prison near Redditch to Stafford Crown Court on Monday.

He has escaped before and lasted 21 days on the run

AN INQUIRY has been launched at Coventry Crown Court into how a man being tried for a vicious attack managed to jump out of the dock and flee.
Andrew Farndon leaped the barrier and ran from the city centre court while on trial for wounding, on Tuesday, April 24. The 21-year-old, whom police have described as “dangerous”, remains on the run 10 days after he fled.
His trial continued in his absence and he was convicted by a jury of wounding with intent, dangerous driving and aggravated vehicle-taking.
Details of the offences have not been released.

Farndon, from Foleshill, Coventry, will be sentenced when he is caught.
The Coventry Telegraph has learned that Farndon was actually in the dock, where he would have been accompanied by officers from the private security company Reliance, when he made his bid for freedom.
He would also have had to go down a flight of stairs  and past security officers at the front door of the court, in Much Park Street, to get out.
A spokesman for Her Majesty’s Court Service said an investigation into how Farndon was able to escape was under way.
He refused to comment further.

Detectives from the CID  at Little Park Street police station in Coventry city centre are continuing to hunt Farndon.
He is described as 6ft 1in, white and with short brown hair. He has a visible scar  on the top of his head.
At the time he escaped from court he was wearing a brown sweatshirt and blue jeans.
Police say he should not be approached.
They have urged anyone who knows of his whereabouts to phone them on 0845 113 5000 or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.
Anyone who provides information that leads to Farndon’s arrest could be eligible for a reward of up to pounds 500.
RELIANCE are also holding an internal inquiry into Farndon’s escape.
A spokeswoman for Reliance said: “An investigation is under way into what happened, and we will not be able to say anything further until that has been completed.
“Incidents like these are extremely rare. Reliance handles a quarter of a million prisoners every year, which they do very successfully for the vast majority without incident.”

Fugitive found hiding out at relative’s house;

ESCAPE FROM DOCK: Police raid nets wanted man facing indefinite jail term.

A FUGITIVE who jumped out of the dock while on trial for a violent attack in Coventry three weeks ago has been arrested in Reading.
After 22 days on the run, justice finally caught up with Andrew Farndon, who had been hiding out at a relative’s house in the Berkshire town.
He fled Coventry Crown Court on April 24 while being tried for attacking a man with a claw hammer after running his car off the road.
 His victim suffered a fractured skull, convulsions, a blood clot on the brain, and was on a life-support machine, with doctors giving him a 60 per cent chance of survival.
He was in hospital for more than two weeks and now has poor concentration.

Farndon was convicted in his absence and jailed indefinitely for public protection. He must serve three years before he can apply for parole.
Early yesterday morning, officers acting on intelligence from Coventry detectives, raided a house in Reading. Farndon, aged 21, from Foleshill, Coventry, was said to be compliant when officers swooped in the early hours.
Detective Inspector Stuart Bell, of Little Park Street police station in Coventry city centre, said: “Coventry CID. passed information to Reading police and he was arrested at 4.25am.
“He will be brought to Coventry to be put before the crown court.” Farndon’s victim, father-of-two Marc Jackson  of Hillfields, Coventry, said: “I feel I can relax now.
“It’s a relief. I’m still not happy with the sentence, but I have just got to live with it.”
While he was on the loose, Farndon’s mother, Katrina, pleaded in the Coventry Telegraph for him to give himself up.
As well as being jailed for causing grievous bodily  with intent, Farndon was sentenced to 18 months for aggravated vehicle taking, and banned from driving for 2 1/2 years.
He was given a further 18 months in prison for dangerous driving. Both extra prison sentences will run at the same time as the indefinite sentence.
An internal inquiry into Farndon’s escape is being carried out at Coventry Crown Court.
Reliance, the private security firm which provides officers for the dock at the court, is also carrying out an inquiry.

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Second Prisoner Escapes in less than a week

Manhunt – Bury St Edmunds

Police have launched a manhunt after two prison officers arriving at the West Suffolk Hospital with a prisoner being transported for treatment were threatened at gunpoint and forced to release him.
Officers were contacted just after 6.50pm this evening, Wednesday 25 January, by staff at the Accident & Emergency (A & E) reception of the West Suffolk Hospital at Hardwick Lane in Bury St Edmunds who reported they could see a man with a gun outside the A & E department.
They said the man was pointing the weapon at two prison officers.
Moments later police received a second call from the prison officers, from HMP Highpoint, who said they had a gun pulled on them by a man who had confronted them as they had arrived at A & E with a prisoner who had been stabbed in an incident at the prison.
Both the prisoner, thought to be Andrew Farden, and the man with the gun had then run away across the car park.
No one was hurt in the incident.
Farden is described as white, aged 26, with a shaved head and was wearing a dark blue baseball cap, light coloured jumper that was padded on the right side due to the injury to the shoulder.
The man with the gun is described as white, in his mid 40s, around 5ft 8ins tall, of stocky build, possibly with a Scottish accent and was wearing a white top and blue jeans.
It’s thought they may have escaped in a dark coloured car.
Police have launched a comprehensive search of the area and are liaising with other agencies and talking to witnesses.
Officers are asking anyone with information about the incident or where Farden is now to call Suffolk Police as soon as possible – using 999 if necessary for sightings or 101 to pass information.
Police are advising members of the public not to approach either of the men but to call officers straight away.

Man Hunt Under Way

A manhunt is under way after two prison officers were threatened at gunpoint and forced to release a prisoner, police said.

No one was hurt in the incident which took place as they transported Andrew Farden, 26, for treatment at West Suffolk Hospital in Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk.

Suffolk Police said officers were contacted just after 6.50pm by staff at the hospital’s A&E department who reported they could see a man with a gun outside.

The prison officers, from HMP Highpoint in Stradishall, near Newmarket, called police moments later and said they had had a gun pulled on them by a man who confronted them as they had arrived at the hospital.

They said the prisoner needed treatment after being stabbed in an incident at the prison. Both the prisoner and the man with the gun then ran away across the car park.

Farden, thought to have been a category C prisoner, is described as white with a shaved head, and was wearing a dark blue baseball cap and a light coloured jumper that was padded on the right side due to his injury.

The man with the gun is described as white, in his mid 40s, around 5ft 8ins tall and of stocky build. He possibly had a Scottish accent and was wearing a white top and blue jeans.

Police are searching the area and are liaising with other agencies and talking to witnesses. Members of the public are advised not to approach either of the men but to call officers straight away.

After he was injured badly enough to be taken to hospital, the prison officers escorting him were threatened by a man armed with a gun as they got out of the vehicle at the hospital, sources said.

The escape is the second in just a week, after category A prisoner John Anslow was sprung from a prison van after it left Hewell Prison in Worcestershire. Three masked men ambushed the van as it took inmates from the prison near Redditch to Stafford Crown Court on Monday.

Mystery as charred remains of body found in burnt-out car in remote field

  • Police yet to work out gender of charred body
  • Officers alerted after locals saw smoke in field
 A charred body has been recovered from a car which was found burning in a field near a remote village.

Police investigating the grim discovery near the small village of Aston Cantlow, near Alcester, Warwickshire, responded after villagers saw smoking rising up from the field.

Officers have yet to establish whether the body was male or female, while the car itself was turned silver and ‘completely destroyed’ by the blaze.

Discovery: Officer were alerted to the burnt-out car, thought to have been a Peugeot 306, at 7.30am this morning
Discovery: Officer were alerted to the burnt-out car, thought to have been a Peugeot 306, at 7.30am this morning

The car, thought to have been red or dark burgundy Peugeot 306, was found early on Wednesday morning around 150 yards up a dirt track leading off the main road in Aston Cantlow.

The death is currently being treated as unexplained, a Warwickshire Police spokesman said.

 This afternoon a forensic tent had been erected next to the wreck as scene of crime investigators assessed the scene near the sleepy village.

One female resident, who did not wish to be named , said she had seen two police helicopters flying over the village this afternoon.

Probe: Police investigating the grim find have yet to work out whether the body is that of a man or woman
Probe: Police investigating the grim find have yet to work out whether the body is that of a man or woman

She said: ‘There seems to be a lot of police activity up there.  ‘If it’s just a suicide like some people have said it makes me wonder why they’ve sent so many police officers up here.

‘It’s not a public road, the farmer who owns that land drives up there to feed the pheasants, it’s just a dirt track really.

‘You wouldn’t see it in the dark unless you knew it was there. I don’t know how they’ve found it otherwise.’

A spokesperson for Warwickshire Police said officers and fire crews were called to the scene at around 7.30am.

The spokesperson said: ‘Investigations into how the car came to be on fire in the field are at an early stage, and police would like to hear from anyone who has any information about the car and how it came to be where it is.

‘At this time it has not been possible to determine any details about the body inside the vehicle, and the death is being treated as unexplained.’

man held on suspicion of helping murder suspect John Anslow escape from a prison van is a security guard with links to the Prison Service, according to Sky sources.

Local MP Sajid Javid meets with Justice Secretary Ken Clarke,and the Prisons Minister Crispin Blunt

UPDATE he has now been  released on bail.

man held on suspicion of helping murder suspect John Anslow escape from a prison van is a security guard with links to the Prison Service, according to Sky sources.

Anslow, described by police as “extremely dangerous”, escaped when the vehicle was ambushed by three masked men on Monday.

They smashed windows with sledgehammers and punched the driver, who was taking inmates from Hewell Prison in Redditch, Worcestershire, to Stafford Crown Court.

Anslow is now at the centre of an international manhunt and police are offering a £10,000 reward for information leading to his capture.

Officers have searched properties in the Tipton area of the West Midlands, where Anslow comes from, and so far one man has been arrested on suspicion of assisting an offender.

Late on Wednesday, police were granted more time to interview the 44-year-old man, who is being held at a Staffordshire Police station.

Meanwhile, officers executed further search warrants at two homes in the Tipton area. Property recovered from these addresses are being examined.

Local MP Sajid Javid meets with Justice Secretary Ken Clarke, and the Prisons Minister Crispin Blunt

BROMSGROVE MP Sajid Javid has met with Justice Secretary Ken Clarke, and the Prisons Minister Crispin Blunt, following the escape of suspected killer John Anslow.

Anslow escaped after the prison van he was being carried in was ambushed in Hewell Lane in Tardebigge, between Redditch and Bromsgrove, on Monday morning.

The 31-year-old, who is from the Tipton area, is one of five men charged with the murder of Richard Deakin, who was shot dead in Chasetown, Staffordshire, in 2010.

He was charged on January 18, and was on his way to Stafford Crown Court when he was sprung.

The MP said: “I met with the Justice Secretary and the Prisons Minister to discuss the ambush in Tardebigge and to convey to them the concerns of my constituents. “I was pleased that they confirmed to me that there would be a comprehensive investigation into this incident and the lessons that can be learned from it.

“I would urge local residents to exercise caution and not to approach the escaped prisoner, John Anslow, under any circumstances.”

Mr Javid added: “I am confident that the police will deal with this matter swiftly, and I will do all that I can to support their efforts.”