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Manhunt snares escaped prisoner

PUBLISHED: 13:37 19 May 2008 | UPDATED: 10:39 11 August 2010

Tony Turner

Tony Turner

AN ESCAPED prisoner has been re-captured after a six-week national manhunt. Tony Turner, who has been on the run since he escaped from outside Barking Magistrates Court in April, was arrested in Essex last Friday. Kirsten Morten, 21, from Harold Hill wa

AN ESCAPED prisoner has been re-captured after a six-week national manhunt.

Tony Turner, who has been on the run since he escaped from outside Barking Magistrates' Court in April, was arrested in Essex last Friday.

Kirsten Morten, 21, from Harold Hill was also arrested in the joint operation by Scotland Yard and Essex Police.

Turner, formerly of Dagenham, was due to appear before Barking magistrates on April 2, charged with stealing more than £100,000 in a series of armed robberies which took place in Loudwater, Buckinghamshire in December, 2006.

The 27-year-old was being transported from Pentonville Prison in north London, under the escort of Serco.

He escaped when three men threatened his security guards with firearms as he arrived at the court in a security van.

The men cut through Turner's restraints with bolt cutters and managed to separate him from his guards, one of whom was injured in the scuffle.

They then made their escape in a green Jaguar, which was later found abandoned.

A spokesperson for the Ministry of Justice said today (Monday) that an inquiry into the escape was still ongoing.

Following the escape police launched appeals for witnesses in the local press and on Crimestoppers, which named him one of Britain's 'Most Wanted'.

Turner is due to appear before Havering magistrates today charged with escaping from lawful custody, conspiracy to rob and possession of a firearm.

Morton will also appear charged with conspiracy to rob, possession of a firearm and assisting an offender.


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