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Prisoner escapes on motorbike from hospital visit

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A prisoner from HMP Northumberland escaped on a stolen motorbike whilst attending a hospital visit.

Police were called to Cramlington Hospital in Northumberland at 6pm on Friday.

The prisoner, a 36-year-old man who had received treatment and was with prison staff, was leaving the hospital when he ran off. He subsequently escaped on a motorbike which he had stolen.

Officers found the prisoner and the stolen motorbike at an address in Wallsend at 8pm the same evening.

One man aged 36, has been arrested on suspicion of escaping from lawful custody, two others a man aged 27 and a woman aged 25, have both been arrested on suspicion of assisting an escapee.



Concern over prison privatisation

Acklington Prison is now under private control

North East politicians are expected to raise concerns in Parliament this week about security concerns at Acklington Prison in Northumberland. It was transferred to private ownership yesterday and is now managed by Sodexo Justice Services.

Up to 200 prison jobs are expected to go. Unions have accused the company of putting profits ahead of public safety, something it denies.

North East suspects held in 'inadequate' cells

Detainees awaiting court hearings are being held in "deplorable" or "poor" cells according to a HM Inspectorate of Prisons report. Four crown courts and 12 magistrates courts in Teesside, Durham and the Northumbria force area were visited.

Inspections found that women and children were being held too closely to men and religious needs were not being met. In some courts pregnant women had to sit on hard benches for several hours, while there was limited provision for those with disabilities or faith-related needs,

HM Courts and Tribunals Service said improvement work was being carried out to be completed by the end of the financial year.

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