More than 200 inmates escaped or absconded last year

More than 200 inmates have escaped or absconded from prisons in England and Wales in the last year, official figures show.

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New figures show rise in prison absconders

There has been a rise in the number of inmates absconding from prisons in England and Wales, official figures show.

A total of 225 prisoners went on the run - an increase of 21 compared to the previous year - according to government data.

This included 137 from open prisons which have been subject of controversy after a spate of criminals walked out.

The most high-profile of those was Michael Wheatley - known as the 'Skullcracker' who sparked a nationwide manhunt after absconding from HMP Standford Hill on the Isle of Sheppey in Kent.

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