1. ITV Report

Midlands prisoner released after surname mistake

Douglas was arrested a day after being mistakenly released Photo: David Jones/PA Archive/Press Association Images

A prisoner has been mistakenly freed by a Midlands jail because he had the same surname as another inmate.

Anthony Douglas was allowed to walk out of HMP Hewell near Redditch last Wednesday.

Douglas, in his 20s and originally from Burton upon Trent was arrested on Thursday.

It is understood a senior member of staff has been suspended after they mistook him for another offender who had completed their sentence.

Douglas is now back in jail Credit: David Jones/PA Archive/Press Association Images

“The police were notified immediately and he was recaptured on July 3.

“An investigation by a senior governor has been launched.

“We take public protection extremely seriously and this type of incident is a very rare but regrettable occurrence.”

– Prison Service spokesman