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Police recapture mistakenly released teenager

Police have managed to recapture a teenage inmate who they released in 'error.'

Police are offering a reward after Jordan Lee Francois was released from prison in error Credit: Metropolitan Police

Jordan Francois, 18, was rearrested at 5.35am today in Edmonton, North London.

The Metropolitan Police had offered a £10,000 reward for information that would lead to the rearrest of the teenager who was "unlawfully at large" from Wandsworth Prison, where he was on remand for attempted murder.

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Prisoner on the run was released in error

The Prison Service has admitted that an 18 year-old who police are hunting for was released in error from Wandsworth Prison. The Met has offered a £10,000 reward for any information leading to the arrest of Jordan Lee Francois. They say he is a risk to the public.

Releases in error are a very rare but regrettable occurrence. The number of incidents have fallen significantly in recent years with figures down by a quarter compared to 2009/10 but every incident is taken extremely seriously and we are not complacent. We will formally investigate this incident and it is now a matter for the police.

– Prison Service spokesman

Russell Brand and housing campaigners claim victory after US property firm agrees to sell East London estate

Russell Brand joined the New Era Estate campaigners at demonstrations. Credit: Reuters

Campaigners from an East London housing estate are claiming victory after a US property firm agreed to sell it to an affordable housing group instead.

Westbrook Partners bought the New Era estate in Hoxton in March and residents feared they would be forced out when rents were put up. So they launched a noisy campaign to keep the estate affordable. With support from the comedian Russell Brand, the group staged demonstrations and even handed in a petition at Downing Street.

Following the campaign, Westbrook Partners have now agreed to sell the estate to an affordable housing group, the Dolphin Square Foundation, who have promised to take residents' earnings into account when they set the rents. Brand took to Twitter to celebrate the news:

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Police offer £10,000 reward after dangerous 18 year-old goes on the run

A £10,000 reward has been offered for information that leads to Jordan Lee Francois. Credit: Metropolitan Police

The Met Police has appealed for the public's help to find an 18 year-old who is unlawfully at large from prison. Jordan Lee Francois has gone missing despite being on remand for attempted murder. He has links to North London and a £10,000 reward has been offered for information that leads to his arrest.

Police say Francois could present a risk to the public:

If anyone has information that could lead us to find and arrest him then I would urge you to get in touch with us immediately. We have a number of officers currently working hard to track down Francois and arrest him.

– Detective Chief Inspector Noel McHugh

Anyone with any information is asked to contact the Investigation Team via 101, or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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