Dagenham attempted murderer Matthew Baker who escaped from prison recaptured

Matthew Baker, 28,

Matthew Baker, 28, - Credit: Archant

A 28-year-old who stabbed a man 25 times with a glass, then fled Pentonville prison and went on the run. has been recaptured.

James Anthony Whitlock, 31, was on remand having been charged with conspiracy to burgle, namely 19 o

James Anthony Whitlock, 31, was on remand having been charged with conspiracy to burgle, namely 19 offences of theft from ATMs at various locations in the south-east of England between December 2015 and August 2016. - Credit: Archant

Matthew Baker, of no fixed address, was captured in Ilford last night and has been taken to a north London prison.

A 21-year-old woman and a man aged 33 have also been arrested, and remain in custody at an east London police station.

Baker was in custody ahead of his sentencing hearing, but managed to break out of the jail along with another fugitive, James Anthony Whitlock, who is still at large.

The jailbreak was discovered on Monday morning when guards found body-shaped dummies in the beds of the two prisoners.


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It is understood they used diamond-tipped cutting equipment to break through cell bars, before scaling the perimeter walls.

A woman who visited the prison said an inmate had told her the two prisoners escaped through a cell window on the fifth floor. She said it was rumoured that they used bed sheets to lower themselves down.

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The woman, who wished to remain anonymous, said: “They cut one of the bars and then they came down through the window. They are assuming that it was probably bed sheets and it was at night.”

Officers from Islington are continuing to investigate the prison break, supported by the Met’s Flying Squad and Homicide and Major Crime Command.

Baker was found guilty of attempted murder on Tuesday October 4 after what police described as a “ferocious” attack on a man at a flat in Dagenham’s Lewis Way on March 21 last year.

His 31-year-old cellmate Whitlock, was on remand having been charged with conspiracy to burgle, which included 19 offences of theft from cash machine across the south-east between December 2015 and August 2016.

Police are reiterating previous advice to the public not to approach Whitlock and to call 999 if they see him.

Yesterday morning they warned that members of the public may have been harbouring Baker or Whitlock were “potentially committing a crime”.

Anyone with information on Whitlock’s whereabouts can also call police via 101, or to give information anonymously, call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 or visit crimestoppers-uk.org.

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