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Abscondee AMounir Jaouane

This is the latest inmate to have absconded from HMP Hatfield in DOncaster. Mounir Jaouane, had been released on temporary licence to his former home address in Lathkill Road, Woodthorpe, and failed to return to prison.

Jaouane was sentenced to an indeterminate prison sentence for robbery in January 2007. He's the sixth person to disappear from the open prison in recent weeks.

Police warn public not to approach absconded prisoner

Police in South Yorkshire are searching for a man who absconded from prison on Tuesday.

Richard Brown
Richard Brown

Richard Brown, 27, who was serving an indeterminate prison sentence for an aggravated burglary absconded from HMP & YOI Hatfield.

Police are advising the public not to approach him.

He was sentenced in 2007 to an indeterminate sentence of which he had to serve a minimum of 40 months.

Brown has friends and family in the Scunthorpe area and police believe he may attempt to make his way back there but he could also still be in the Doncaster area.

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More East Coast rail breaks being investigated

The RAIB are also investigating other rail breaks that have occurred on the East Coast Main Line. These include:

  • a vertical rail break discovered on a section of continuously welded rail, after a member of public had reported unusual levels of noise as trains passed over a stretch of line near Corby Glen, Lincolnshire (September 14 2012)
  • a 100mm gap due to a broken rail on the Up Main line at Copmanthorpe, near York, that was reported by the driver of a train on the adjacent line (November 28 2012)

Network Rail deny staffing cuts caused gap

Network Rail strongly deny the claims and a dip was identified - but it turned into a crack the day before they were due to repair it.

“A dip in our track was identified and spotted at Hambleton on 17 January. Following our well-tried and tested standard industry procedure to remedy such dips, we scheduled an intervention to repair this dip on the Saturday night of 2 February. Unfortunately the track deteriorated more quickly than is to be expected and, on discovering the broken rail, all traffic was stopped immediately while a repair was carried out.”

“This incident was managed within all safety standards and was in no way affected by changes to staffing levels. Safety issues will never be compromised in the name of managing costs.”

– Network Rail spokesman

Rail unions face "massive pressure" to keep services going

RMT union say they face "massive pressure" to keep services running - in the face of cutbacks.

"This shocking new picture highlights the reality on Britain's railways today - staffing, inspections and track renewals have been cut in the dash to save money and there is massive pressure right from the top of Government to keep services running at all costs regardless of the potential human cost. If we don’t reverse the cuts on Britain’s railways another major tragedy is inevitable.

"RMT has made it crystal clear that we want all cuts to staffing, maintenance and renewals reversed and all track works brought back in house rather than subbed-out to contractors. The current contractor staff should be transferred over to direct Network Rail employment. We also want the pressure from the centre to run services at any costs lifted to enable safety-critical works to take place immediately."

– Bob Crow, RMT General Secretary

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Gap at Selby track "caused by staffing cuts"

RMT say a crack near Selby, due to staffing cuts, has crumbled to a much bigger gap.

RMT claim there is massive pressure from the Government to keep the East Coast Mainline running, as they look to re-privatise the service. They say there are also demands on Network Rail from the budget-holder, the Office of Rail Regulation, to cut back on rail renewals work.

Gap in rail track could be "another Hatfield"

Crack in East Coast Mainline which a union say could cause an accident Credit: RMT

Rail union RMT say there could be "another Hatfield" after releasing a picture of a six inch gap in the East Coast Mainline track near Selby.

An investigation's been launched by the Rail Accident Investigation Branch after the picture was taken last Friday at Hambleton South junction, and the union says it is due to staffing cuts.

An investigation found the Hatfield crash - which killed four people when a train travelling from London to Leeds derailed in 2000- was caused by "critical cracks" on the track.

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