New government data suggests that prisoners go missing from UK jails at a rate of one every two days.
But it showed that although the number of absconders has risen year on year, the total of 225 was the third lowest since the current method of counting was introduced in 2004.
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This defeat for Theresa May matters: it shows the fury among some MPs, notably those who voted to Remain, that they are being ignored.
Theresa May's government has been narrowly defeated in a key Commons vote after a rebellion by Conservative MPs.
Despite temperatures reaching double figures in the south today, it was still a chilly day, with brisk winds.