Footballer back behind bars

A footballer who killed two people in a car crash and was released from jail by mistake is back in custody, police said. Courtney Meppen-Walter walked free from prison after serving just a quarter of his 16-month sentence.

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Prison service: Jailed ex-Man City player was released 'in error'

A Prison Service spokesman said ex-Manchester City youth player Courtney Meppen-Walter was released "in error" and added that such incidents are taken "extremely seriously".

Police have been informed after a prisoner was released in error on Monday July 1 to ensure he is promptly returned to custody.

Releases in error are very rare and we take any incident extremely seriously. An investigation will take place into the circumstances that led to this release.

– Prison Service spokesman

Meppen-Walter wept in court when he was jailed at Manchester Crown Court on February 28.

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