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A Leeds criminal who sparked an international search after he absconded from prison will face more than nine years behind bars. Brian James Waite pleaded guilty to escaping from lawful custody and 8 counts of fraud and deception relating to Passport offences.
He had been on the run for seven years after escaping from North Sea Camp in Lincolnshire. Waite was three years into an 11-year sentence for stealing £25,000 from a Securicor van in Cardiff when he absconded.
Following his escape he used false passports in six different identities to travel across the world, visiting countries such as China, Columbia, Senegal and The Netherlands. Appeals were made on Crimewatch to catch him and he was eventually arrested in Lewisham last year.
"This sentence will see Waite spend the next 9 years behind bars. His arrest and conviction follows tireless detective work following up on information from numerous media appeals, including featuring on the BBC's Crimewatch programme.
I would like to take this opportunity to thank the public for their assistance and send the strong message to criminals that no one can escape justice. "
Detective Inspector Neil Hollis, West Yorkshire Police
Brian Waite was arrested yesterday in London, seven years after absconding from prison.
He was serving an 11 year sentence at North Sea Camp in Lincolnshire after being convicted for a robbery in which £25,000 was stolen from a security van.
A Leeds criminal who has been wanted since absconding from prison in 2006 has been arrested.
Brian James Waite, aged 43, was arrested in the early hours of Saturday morning in London.
Waite absconded from HMP North Sea Camp in Lincolnshire in 2006. He was serving an eleven-year sentence after being convicted of a robbery in which £25,000 was stolen from a security van.
Five others were arrested from the London property on suspicion of harbouring an escaped prisoner, possession with intent to supply controlled drugs and money laundering.
The investigation into those offences is continuing and Brian Waite has been returned to prison.