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.

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